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Deadline approaching: Hydropower roadmap sought for sub-Saharan Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, is inviting expressions of interest from consultants to develop a hydropower roadmap for sub-Saharan Africa.

Observing the lack of new investment-ready projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the IFC said it is now looking for opportunities to support the development of hydropower generation infrastructure in the region and lead them to investment stage, building upon experience of previous engagements.

The IFC is seeking a consultant to elaborate a reference mapping and roadmap for private sector participation in SSA hydropower sector in both greenfield and brownfield projects, as well as an IFC hydropower roadmap aimed at supporting the development of hydropower projects in SSA. The consultant is expected to propose a selection of the best short-term opportunities of impact, which would form the basis of the IFC’s hydropower programme in SSA.

The project ranking methodology should take into consideration: project relevance; supply/demand imbalance; LCOE; environment and social impact; investment readiness; sponsor and EPC quality; project risks; study gaps; legal and regulatory frameworks; tariff cost-reflectivity; bottlenecks; and, country priorities. The ranking methodology will take into account IFC’s and the World Bank Group’s capacity to work upstream and to resolve some of the fundamental sector flaws. The consultant will also review the different private or PPP-based structuring options available for the greenfield and brownfield projects, including main bottlenecks, pros and cons for each of the identified structures. The structuring options should be proposed based on a review of international best practices, and an evaluation of their applicability in the regional context. Creative thinking and innovative solutions are expected from the consultant. Follow-on work on the specific projects is anticipated.

The World Bank Group invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, or a CV and cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5 MB. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2 by 19 December.

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