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General Procurement Notice for the ECERA Project

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General Energy Sector and Renewable Energy Sector


Credit No.: 4935-GD; 4936-LC

Project ID No.: P101414




The Governments of Saint Lucia and Grenada have received financing in the total amount of US$ 5.6 million (Five million six hundred thousand United States Dollars) from the World Bank through the International Development Association toward the cost of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) Project. The broad objective of the Project is to establish and operationalize a regional approach to the development of the electricity sector in the OECS Participating Countries by supporting the establishment of the ECERA to serve as many OECS Member States as possible. The Governments, through the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, as the Implementation Agency intend to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project.


The project will include the following Sub-components:


Part A Setting up the ECERA: Part A will facilitate the creation and launching of the ECERA by at least two Participating Countries, including carrying out the legal and consultative process leading to the formulation and ratification of the ECERA treaty, and defining the options for the ECERA self-financing mechanism, reviewing tariffs and examining incentive mechanisms to promote renewable energy, all through the provision of technical advisory services, training, operating costs, and the acquisition of goods.


Part B Operationalizing ECERA : Part B will facilitate the initial three years or so of ECERA’s operations, including the day-to-day operations and execution of, core regulatory tasks – such as tariff and investment plan reviews and defining a regional licensing framework for electricity market participants with a particular focus on facilitating the integration of electricity production from renewable sources into the supply mix – all through the provision of technical advisory services, training, operating costs, and the acquisition of goods.


Procurement Notices

Procurement of contracts financed by the credit will be conducted through the procedures specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits, January 2011 and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the guidelines. Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011.

Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under Part A (Setting-up the ECERA) under the World Bank’s international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures and for contracts for consultancy services will be announced, as they become available, in UN Development Business, , the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Website and local newspapers of wide circulation in Saint Lucia and Grenada.


Prequalification of suppliers and contractors will be NOT be required for ICB.  Expressions for Interest will be invited for the following consultancies:


  1. Design Tariff Setting Mechanism and Self Financing Mechanism for ECERA: This Consultancy will examine the current arrangements for tariff reviews and adjustments in the Participating Countries and will propose recommendations on the establishment and implementation of performance based tariff setting where the utilities are rewarded only for efficiencies in operations. This Consultancy will also provide recommendations for tariff rebalancing in the utilities to ensure that the recommended mechanism for tariff review and setting would not create undue hardships for any group of consumers. The tariff setting mechanism will also propose an optimum approach for tariff adjustments to take account of movement in the price for petroleum, which is the fuel source that is still widely used within the utilities, and an appropriate mechanism that involves renewable energy in the utilities’ generation mix. The Consultancy would also examine and propose recommendations on the options for the self-financing of ECERA after the Year 3 and if necessary make recommendations on an appropriate formula for an annual assessment on utilities that could be recovered through a levy on the tariffs.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest is February 2013.


  1. Preparation of the ECERA Treaty: This Consultancy involves the delineation of options and the parameters for the ECERA Treaty and recommendations on the full scope and jurisdiction of ECERA as a Regional Regulatory Authority, including the regulatory mechanism to be adopted. Once the parameters are agreed to following wide consultations, the Consultant will be required to draft the Treaty for ratification by the OECS Member States.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest is March 2013.


  1. Modifications to Electricity Supply Acts:This consultancy will review the existing laws within the Participating Member States, particularly the Electricity Supply Acts and recommend appropriate modifications thereto to give legal force to ECERA. The Consultancy will cover a comprehensive review of the domestic laws in the ECERA Participating Countries (Saint Lucia and Grenada to date) to ensure that the legislation is aligned with the sector policies and that all key policies are given legal force, specifically with regard to the promotion of renewable energy for diversification of the fuel source within the electricity sector.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest is June 2013.


  1. Develop ECERA Work Programme and Design Training Programme, and develop TORs for core activities: This Consultancy will develop ECERA’s detailed Work Programme for the first three years of operation; assess the training, capacity building and institutional strengthening needs of ECERA, specifically for the various positions within ECERA and the appointed Commissioners / Board of Directors and make appropriate recommendations with costing. Recommendations will be ranked in order of priority. The Consultant will also develop the TORs for ECERA’s core activities including the licensing framework, incentives mechanisms for increased deployment of renewable energy for electricity generation and facilitation of cross border transmission of electricity.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest / Request for Proposals is September 2013.


  1. 5.      Communication Services: This Consultancy will develop the visual identify for ECERA, Webpage and other promotional material.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest is February 2013.


  1. Audit Services:This Consultancy will involve an annual audit of the Credit resources managed by the Project Implementation Entity, financial statements, internal controls, accounting systems and compliance with contractual conditions, inter alia.


Expected date for publication of the Request for Expressions of Interest / Request for Proposals is February 2013.



Interested eligible bidders who wish to be included on the mailing list to receive an invitation to [prequalify/bid] under ICB procedures, and interested consultants who wish to receive a copy of the advertisement requesting expressions of interest for large-value consultants’ contracts, or those requiring additional information, should contact the address below.


Contact:          Project Management Unit.

Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) Project

OECS Secretariat

Morne Fortune

Saint Lucia

Tel:  (758) 455 6327

Fax: (758) 452 2194

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