In November 1999, the Bulgarian Government and the European Commission signed a Memorandum of understanding in which the Bulgarian Government undertook a firm commitment to close and decommission Units 1 - 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF) has been established, administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in order to support the decommissioning activities and to mitigate the negative consequences of the units' early closure. Part of the purposes of the KIDSF is to assist in the necessary restructuring, upgrading and modernisation of the energy production, transmission and distribution sectors as well as to improve energy efficiency.
In 2004 the Bulgarian Government approved a strategy document "Implementation of the Strategy in the Energy Sector for mitigating the negative economical, ecological and social consequences of the early closure of VVER-440 units of Kozloduy NPP in the non-nuclear sector". Several areas in the energy sector have been identified for KIDSF support.
A project selection procedure in the above mentioned sectors was started in late 2011 in order to use 120 million Euro grant support from the KIDSF. The first stage has been completed and the evaluated project proposals will be submitted for approval by Assembly of Contributors of the KIDSF. Project proposals can be submitted by the end of the second stage - end of August 2012 and financing will be provided only in case that there are funds available left from the first stage. Detailed information about the procedure may be found on the following web site:
The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism (MEET) intends to use resources from the KIDSF towards the cost of services of a Technical Assistance Consultant (TAC). The assignment is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012 for a period of approximately nine (9) months.
This Invitation for Expressions of Interest is published in Procurement Opportunities on the EBRD website on 25 July 2012 http://www.ebrd.com/english/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/project/120717c.shtml.
The Expression of Interest shall be submitted to MEET not later than 20 August 2012, 17:30 local time.