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Sustainable Infrastructure Group - Project Preparation Programme - Municipal Environmental Infrastructure Window
Sustainable Infrastructure Project Preparation: Municipal Infrastructure Window
EBRD’s Sustainable Infrastructure Group (“SIG”) delivers around 90 projects per year, investing approximately EUR 3.5 billion annually across a diverse range of subsectors, including electricity generation, transmission, distribution, storage and supply, rail, roads, urban transport, ports, logistics, airports, water and wastewater, district heating and cooling, facilities management, and solid waste management.
In order to prepare these projects the Bank often engages consultants to evaluate the technical, financial, environmental and social feasibility of a proposed investment, in line with the Bank’s policies and requirements. Approximately 50-75 consultancy contracts are issued to provide such services each year.
In order to support the quick mobilisation and cost effective delivery of these services the Bank intends to sign framework contracts under three new project preparation windows, an Energy Infrastructure Window (“EIW”), a Municipal Infrastructure Window (“MIW”) and a Transport Infrastructure Window (”TIW”). Going forward, it is anticipated that the majority of the Bank’s project preparation assignments will be procured under these framework contracts. The number and size of assignments under each window will depend on the Bank’s project pipeline at the time, but it is expected that assignments worth approximately EUR 5 million will be contracted under each window annually.
The focus of this Procurement Notice will be the MIW while separate Procurement Notices for the EIW and TIW will be published on the Bank’s website. Consultants may apply for more than one window, but must submit separate, tailored, applications for each.
The EBRD is now seeking to select at least four (4) and up to the maximum of six (6) experienced consultants (the Consultants) to be contracted under Framework Agreements to provide services over the operational period.
Covering all the Bank’s countries of operation, the selected Consultants will be expected to provide support for project preparation with a focus on the following sectors:
• Municipal water and wastewater
• Solid Waste Management
• Facility Management
From time to time the Consultants may also be required to carry out assignments related to other municipal infrastructure sub-sectors. Urban transport projects are intended to be covered by the Transport Infrastructure Window but occasionally projects contracted under the MIW may also include such components. Likewise district heating and cooling is expected to be covered under the Energy Infrastructure Window but could also feature in assignments under the MIW framework.
More specifically, the Consultants will typically be required to undertake the following types of assignments within the sectors specified above:
• Early project definition, screening, scoping and strategic planning (including sector strategy, investment prioritisation, and project and program-level pre-feasibility analysis);
• Strategic environmental and social assessment, initial environmental and social examination covering project E&S categorisation and scoping, climate change adaptation risk identification, biodiversity assessment and screening;
• Project preparation and investment feasibility assessment (including feasibility studies, due diligence, technical assessment and development of long term investment plan and priority investment programme, economic analysis, investment appraisal and risk analysis, financial analysis and modelling);
• Environmental and social assessment, gender impact assessment and economic inclusion analysis,; Green Economy Transition (“GET”) assessment and climate resilience assessment;
•Procurement support and implementation strategy ;
The assignments will vary in duration and size, from short project scoping and screening studies to large feasibility, due diligence and strategic studies.