Kazakhstan Pavlodar tramway will be upgraded

Kazakhstan Pavlodar tramway will be upgraded :The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has openned a new tender to uprade 86 km tramway line inPavlodor in Kazakhstan.

The main objective of the City in the public transport sector is to support the development of a reliable, sustainable and environment friendly transportation system that provides equal access to public transport to all categories of passengers. The City’s population, capital of Pavlodar Oblast (the “Oblast”), is approximately 330 thousand inhabitants. In this context, the Company plans to modernise the tram system, which provides a fast and reliable service between the industrial zone and the residential area.
The Project will be supported by the Oblast authority (“Akimat”) and the City through a Project Support Agreement and Public Service Contract respectively. The objective of the assignment is to assist the Bank with the preparation of the Project.

In order to meet the Objectives above, the Consultant shall carry out the following tasks:

– Analyse the public transport market (including, services and demand/supply levels) in the City with a particular focus on the role of tram service as well as its route network in the City.

– Carry out a comprehensive analysis of operations, performance, structure and management of the Company.

– Provide the Bank with a detailed Project Feasibility Study (assessment of available technical solutions, review and confirmation of the scope for procurement of new tram fleet, preparation of technical an functional specifications for the new trams, reconstruction of the existing tram infrastructure, cost estimates and EIRR) for the envisaged Project.

– Assess the level and sustainability of the Oblast or the City subsidies required for sustainable operations of the municipal transport in line with the future PSC. Review eligibility criteria for central government transfers (discretionary vs. formula-based) and present capex priorities and available funding sources, including borrowing plans. Test different scenarios e.g. low subsidy/high tariffs or vice versa (or different PIP plans) and different EIRR to allow the Oblast and the City to decide which option to take. Review and propose creditworthiness covenants on the Oblast. Assess the Project eligibility from the legal framework point of view.

– Determine the core corporate development areas and measures to be further investigated and targeted with a CDP at the Project implementation stage.

– Provide full set of data and financial assumptions for the future transaction and prepare the financial model for the Company during the Project period in a form acceptable for the Bank.

– Conduct environmental and social analysis study. Develop Environmental and Social Action Plan (“ESAP”) for the Company in a form acceptable for the Bank.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in early 2014 and last for approximately 4 months.
Maximum Budget Available for the Assignment: EUR 175,000; Exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: The contract will be financed through the EBRD-ICEX Technical Cooperation Fund (Spain).
Eligibility: The consultancy firms must be registered in Spain. The experts must be of Spanish nationality. However, up to a maximum of 30% of the total funds may be used to finance Kazakh experts or firms registered in Kazakhstan.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified team leader/water engineer, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. The consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience. The consultant shall engage Russian speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

The consultant’s team is expected to include the following disciplines with the sector expertise of not less than 10 years:

– Urban transport operations and planning;
– Tram fleet and infrastructure;
– Urban transport economics and finance;
– Environmental and social protection;
– Financial analysis;
– Urban transport institutional analysis;
– Legal.

It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-contractors.
Submission Requirements: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
– Company’s profile, organisation and staffing;
– Details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations;

– CVs of the staff available to work on the assignment;

Kazakhstan Pavlodar tramway will be upgraded

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