The PPTA consultant will be a firm. There are seven positions each for international (27 person-months [p-m]) and national consultants (30 p-m) comprising of: (i) hydropower expert/team leader, (ii) electrical engineers, (iii) electro-mechanical engineer, (iv) billing and collection system experts, (v) procurement experts, (vi) economic and financial analysis experts, and (vii) environmental and social safeguard experts. Quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS [80:20]) will be used for the selection method with simplified technical proposal.
The consultant, among other tasks, needs to adequately address the following aspects relating to the ensuing loan project: (i) detailed loan executing agency /implementing agency capacity assessment, and suggested remedial action plan to build executing agency and implementing agency capacity to minimize procurement and financial management risks; (ii) proposed or indicative loan related procurement plan with suggested level of priority or, if applicable, post review based on executing agency and implementing agency capacity assessment; and (iii) indicative implementation schedule with proposed sequencing of consultant recruitment and procurement bidding and awarding.
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were submitted and short-listing was made on 21 January 2011. Request for Government concurrence was sent on 2 February 2011, and on a no-objection basis a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on 9 February 2011. The Consultant Selection Committee (CSC) evaluated the technical proposals on 25 March 2011, and subsequently COSO evaluated the financial proposals on 4 April 2011. Contract negotiations were held on 4-5 May 2011. Engagement commenced on 9 May 2011 and will be completed by 23 Dec 2011.
In August 2011, the Consultant's ToR was expanded to include tests and analysis to determine the status of the 500kV low pressure oil-filled cable of the Toktogul Hydropower Plant. The said cable was cross-linked to a polyethylene cable which is said to have exhausted its economic life.
In May 2012, the Consultant's ToR was further expanded to assist the EA in the (i) preparation of a full set of bidding documents (commercial and technical) for Toktogul HPP rehabilitation; (ii) conduct a rapid dam safety assessment; and (iii) preparation of ToR for Project Implementation Consultant to implement Dam Safety Monitoring.