Egypt: EU EBRD Egypt Oil Refinery Efficiency & Upgrade Programme - Feasibility Study



Business sector:

Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

Project number:


Funding source:

Not Yet Determined

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

22 Nov 2019

Closing date:

03 Jan 2020   at  16:00   London

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9/12/2019 - Closing Date to submit proposals has been extended until 3 January 2020.

Single Stage Open Competitive Selection – Request for Proposals

Project Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) is considering providing finance to the Nasr Petroleum Company refinery (the “Plant” or “NPC”, or the “Client”), a subsidiary of Egyptian Petroleum Corporation (“EGPC”) for the implementation of an Investment Program (the “Project”).

The Bank is looking to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) with the overall objective to assess the feasibility for the Investment being proposed by the Plant in line with the investment strategy of EGPC, market conditions and to provide advice on the energy efficiency and energy solutions solution(s) for the optimal configuration(s) integrated also with SOPC. Additionally under this scope is to understand EGPC/NPC’s current situation, its investment strategy and key criteria and to identify the market sectors offering these investment opportunities. This will include:

• Understand EGPC/NPC’s objectives and reasoning for the investment and the long-term strategy and current competencies;
• Confirm feedstock / raw material availability within NPC along with a clear definition of the interactions of NSR with neighboring SOPC;

With the involvement of the Consultant, the Client will have access to the best practice in the implementation of the Project and procurement of works, goods and services, as well as advice on specific technical issues including Environmental & Social requirements.

Assignment Description:
The tasks to be executed are defined below in order to assist the development of the feasibility study for the configuration but are not limited:

Market Study
Provide a supply/demand balance for both domestic market requirements and export opportunities from the Plant stemming from the Investment being proposed. Assess and determine appropriate feedstock basket(s) for the feasibility study and provide an overall feedstock and product pricing basis for the feasibility study.

Feedstock requirements and availability
Listing of all key feedstock / raw material required for the production of the products and comparing them against their availability.

Synergy and strategic benefit with SOPC
Opine on the justification on strategic grounds and operational considerations and what could be the key strategic benefits to both NSR and SOPC. Potential synergy with SOPC existing or future operations need to be considered.

Commercial issues & Risks
Whether any commercial issues related to overall operations exist and level of perceived risk in terms of market, technology, substitute products, entry barriers, etc.

Market Volumes, Growth and Trends
Categorisation of available market demand volume (as large, moderate, small) from regional and export market perspective. Long term outlook for annual demand growth rate is categorized (as low, moderate, and strong).

Product Price Set
The consultant is expected to provide a forecast or maintain an economic model for the major refinery products. It is anticipated that the Consultant will produce or procure a production/economic models to perform the analysis and develop future projections for prices as well as cost competitiveness. NSR can also provide a price set to the Consultancy to carry out the Assignment, which will be compared and critically reviewed.

Logistics / handling issues
Any concern or cost issues involved in logistics and handling of the product, e.g.: VGO, storage for petcoke, etc.

Definition of Facilities
A thorough description of the two most promising refinery configurations that will include but not limited to:
• Plant overall block flow diagram with feedstock, products and by-products, utilities and energy balance;
• Definition of process facilities with unit capacities, basic quality characteristics, simplified process flow diagrams, etc.;
• Basic Infrastructure Information;
• Energy Optimization Information;
• Compliance with Egyptian environmental regulations and EU BAT Conclusions for the refining of mineral oil and gas (specifically technologies employed and BAT-AELs) as required by EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (Performance Requirement 3).
• Advice on Preliminary Procurement and Contracting Strategy for execution

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Assignment can be found at:

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 February 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 5 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 599,120 (exclusive of VAT).

Subject to the project needs, the availability of funding, and the performance of the Consultant the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

Funding Source: This assignment will be funded by the EU Neighbourhood Investment Platform (EU NIP).

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:

- extensive skills and experience in commercial, technical and financial analyses of oil refinery operations;
- proven experience in the provision of related advisory services to the downstream oil sector in Egypt and / or in the EBRD SEMED (SouthEastMed) Region.

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

Key Expert 1: Director/Team Leader with preferably at least 15 years of professional experience in engineering consultancy and optimisation of downstream oil refinery assets, especially within the Middle East and Mediterranean context.

Key Expert 2: Senior Process Refinery Engineer(s) with preferably at least 10 years of professional work experience in engineering consultancy and optimisation of downstream oil refinery assets.

Key Expert 3: Process Refinery Engineer(s), Energy Engineer(s), Environmental Engineer(s) with preferably at least 5 years of professional work experience in engineering consultancy and optimisation of downstream oil refinery assets.

Local Experts with preferably 5 years of professional experience in engineering consultancy and optimisation of downstream oil refinery assets; as well as an in-depth knowledge of the oil refinery sector in Egypt.

The Consultant’s team is expected to cover all areas of expertise required in the Terms of Reference. For this reason, the Consultant may propose other non-key experts considered relevant for the purpose of conducting the Assignment; only CVs of the Key Experts will be evaluated as part of the technical proposal.

All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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

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 20 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 1 – 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: 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. 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: /

Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions: via email to the Bank Contact Person by 6 December 2019.

Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:

1. Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria
(a) Consultant’s previous project experience in similar assignments (25%)
(b) Experience in Egypt and/or the EBRD SEMED (SouthEastMed) Region (15%)
(c) Quality of the methodology proposed for the Assignment (30 %)
(d) CVs of the Key Experts (30 %).

The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70.

2. 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.

3. 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:
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.