Tashkent Power Loan: Compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive - BAT Assessment

Location:

Uzbekistan

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure, Other

Funding source:

Not Yet Determined

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

29 Jul 2020

Closing date:

30 Sep 2020   at  16:00   London

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Single Stage Open Competitive Selection – Request for Proposals

25/08/2020 - EBRD response to clarification requests is available at:

http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/84140-clarifications.pdf

04/09/2020 - Closing Date to submit proposals is extended until 30 September 2020.

25/08/2020 - Closing Date to submit proposals is extended until 7 September 2020.

Project Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is currently considering a number of transactions in the power generation sector with the Government of Uzbekistan:

• Tashkent Power Loan: to be on-lent to JSC “Tashkent Thermal Power Plant” (“TashTES”), a wholly owned subsidiary of JSC “Thermal Power Plants. TashTES is in charge of operating the gas-fired power plant in Tashkent. The Tashkent power plant is the third largest power producer in Uzbekistan with total gas-fired capacity of 2,230 MW.
• Uzbekistan Vital Infrastructure Support Programme: Electricity Support Facility: to be on-lent to JSC “Sirdarya Thermal Power Plant” (“Sirdarya TPP”), JSC “Tashkent Thermal Power Plant” (“TashTES”), JSC “Navoi Thermal Power Plant” (“Navoi TPP”), JSC “Talimarjan Thermal Power Plant” (Talimarjan TTP) and JSC “Takhiatash Thermal Power Plant” (Takhiatash TPP”, together – “Subsidiaries”), each of these owned by the state power generation company JSC “Thermal Power Plants”. TPP was established in 2019, upon the unbundling of Uzbekenergo, as a state-owned power utility in charge of gas-fired power generation in the country. The upgrade of the existing power generating capacity is a government priority and JSC TPP has developed the TPP Upgrade Plan in order to accomplish this task.


Assignment Description:
The overall objective is assignment is to assess the compliance of the ongoing and planned operations and investment projects with Industrial Emissions Directive and to develop a detailed plan and recommendations for achieving compliance with relevant Best Available Techniques (BAT). The Consultant will carry out an assessment of the current operations and ongoing and planned projects with Best Available Technique as required by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) - “BAT Compliance Assessment”.

The detailed scope of work and services (the “Services”) of the Assignment are further described in the Full Terms of Reference (the “ToR”) which can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/84140-tor.pdf

Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested firms or groups of firms are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in October 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 175,000 (exclusive of VAT).

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the assignment will be funded from the Technical Cooperation funds. Selection and contracting are subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions based on the consultant's country of origin.

Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to:
- Conducting IED BAT Assessments in the Central Asia region or similar countries in the EBRD region of operations in the power generation sector with existing legacy environmental and health and safety issues
- Knowledge of latest available technologies for gas-fired power generation sector aimed at optimisation of the combustion process; reducing air emissions; reducing cooling water intake and ensuring use of closed loop systems; and reducing generation of hazardous waste
- Knowledge of EBRD Performance Requirements 2019 (PR) or other IFIs standards and EU environmental legislation and BREF documents
- Experience of conducting environmental and social impacts assessment and monitoring assignments on power generation projects (with a particular focus on air emissions, waste water and cooling water discharge and treatment; hazardous waste )
- Experience in stakeholder engagement and public consultation in the local context including public consultation on investment projects and public environmental expertise .

The Consultant's expert team is expected to include the following key experts (the 'Key Experts'):

Key Expert 1 - Senior Environmental expert with excellent communication skills and preferably a minimum of 10-year experience in project management, with an engineering degree in electrical power; knowledge of IED and relevant BREF requirements for power sector and experience in managing BAT compliance assessment in EBRD countries of operations,
Key expert 2 - Environmental expert with preferably 10-year experience in conducting BAT assessments with a special emphasis on air emissions associated with a power generation sector
Key expert 3 - Environmental specialist with preferably 10-year experience in conducting BAT assessments with a particular emphasis on water use, effluent and cooling water management
Key Expert 4 - Health and safety specialist with preferably 10-year experience in the power generation industry, knowledge and practical experience of application EBRD Performance Requirements 2 and 4; and asbestos management expertise
Key Expert 5 - Social specialist(s) with experience in the host country and strong public participation expertise in investment projects and public environmental expertise of investment projects

The above key experts should be fluent in English. Knowledge of Russian would be an advantage.

Key Expert 6: Pool of Local experts preferably with Graduate Degree in electrical engineering and/or environmental engineering and 10 years of experience as follows:
- environmental, health and safety impacts assessment expertise for projects in power generation sector
- stakeholder engagement and public consultations,
- strong understanding of environmental and social challenges in Uzbekistan especially with regard to the power generation infrastructure sector and handling of hazardous substances and waste (eg. PCBs; asbestos, etc.)

Local experts should be fluent in Russian and/or Uzbek and should have a good working knowledge of English.

Participation of experienced and reputable local experts will be a key aspect of bid evaluation.

The Consultant’s team is expected to cover all areas of expertise required in the Terms of Reference. Consultants should note that one person could have more than one role (e.g., the Team Leader could also be a specialist) and one role could be filled by more than one person.

Submission Requirements: The consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available at:

http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/single-stage-package.docx

Interested Consultants should make themselves familiar with these Standard Templates, Standard Instructions and Conditions of Contract in preparation of their proposals.

The Technical Proposal shall be submitted in English electronically via eSelection not later than the Closing Date, as one single PDF file. The technical proposal should not exceed 25 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 6 – TP 6).

The Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the following e-mail address: PODDprocurement@ebrd.com

Please indicate the Project number and title in the subject of your e-mail. Consultants are reminded of the requirement to ensure the confidentiality of the Financial Proposals.

A Technical Proposal that contains elements of a financial proposal shall be declared non-responsive.

A Financial Proposal submitted together with the technical proposals via e Selection shall be declared non-responsive.

For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to the above email address. Financial proposals should be sent to the above email address and NOT through eSelection or Bank Contact Person.

Bank Contact Person:
Aleksandra Lewandowska
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
e-mail: lewandoa@ebrd.com

Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions is 13 August 2020 via e-mail to: PODDprocurement@ebrd.com

Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:

Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria

• Firm's previous project experience in similar assignments (30%)
• Quality of the methodology proposed for the Assignment (30 %)
• CVs of the Key Experts (40%).
The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70.

Opening of Financial Proposals

After the technical evaluation is completed, only the submissions which score 70 or above of the total marks available for the technical criteria will be eligible to have their financial proposals opened.

Combined Technical and Financial Evaluation

The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100. The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as follows:

Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest evaluated Financial Proposal, and “F” the price of the Proposal under consideration.

Proposals are then ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = 80; F = 20) T + F = 100 as follows: S = St x T% + Sf x F%.

Important Notes:
The proposal validity period is 120 days from the deadline date for the receipt of submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.

The selection will be made from the Proposals received in response to this notification only, on the basis of the submission requirements and selection criteria set out in this Procurement Notice. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected and invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

Any updates of and clarifications on this procurement notice shall be announced as updates on this notice, without any other notification. In the event of changes consultants will need to download the updated versions. Consultants are required to periodically check the notice for updates. Failure to take the updates into account while preparing the Proposal may result in disqualification or penalties to the scores in the evaluation.