general procurement notice

GEF MSP Grant No. TF014105 and PRIF Grant No. TF014126
Project ID: - P121878
The Republic of Kiribati has received financing in the amount of three million nine hundred
twenty thousand United States Dollars USD 3,920,000) (“Grant”) equivalent from the World
Bank (including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the
International Development Association), acting as Implementing Agency of the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) and as administrator of grant funds provided under the Pacific
Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) multi-donor trust fund, toward the cost of the Kiribati
Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Project and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to
payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under
this project.
Project Objectives and Description
The objective of the Project is to reduce the Recipient’s dependence on imported petroleum for
power generation in order to improve energy security and to reduce the emissions from diesel fuel
use for grid electricity supply in the Recipient’s territory through the substitution of the diesel-based
electricity generation for the South Tarawa grid by grid-connected solar photovoltaic supply of
The Project consists of the following parts:
Component 1: Investment in Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Equipment
Support the Project Implementing Entity to invest in 516 kilowatt peak capacity of grid
connected solar photovoltaic without storage, to kick-start a staged implementation strategy
over the medium-term, installed and managed at four Project Sites as approved by the
Recipient with associated inverters to enable grid in-feed at each location. This component
includes design, supply and installation of 516 kW solar PV station at 4 sites, including
roof replacements and spares + Training and 3 year O&M program.
Component 2: Maintenance Program and Capacity Building
Support the Project Implementing Entity to implement the investment through a “design, supply and
install” contract for the solar photovoltaic installation with operations and maintenance provisions
to cover the entire Project implementation, and to gain experience in operations and maintenance
and build capacity to initiate and manage future investments. This component includes selection of
various consultants.
Component 3: Project Management
(a) Support the Recipient to effectively manage the fiduciary aspects of the Project (including
procurement and financial management) through the Kiribati Central Fiduciary Unit.
(b) Support the Project Implementing Entity to effectively manage the technical aspects of the
Project through its Project support team.
The Component 3 includes hiring of various consultants.
Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through the
procedures as specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans
and IDA Credits (dated January 2011), and is open to all eligible bidders 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 (dated
January 2011).
Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid 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.
Interested firms or individuals who wish to be included on the mailing list to receive
invitations to bid under ICB procedures, and interested consultants who wish to receive a
copy of advertisement requesting expressions of interest for consultancy contracts, or
those requiring additional information, should contact the address below.
Attn: Mr. Kevin Rouatu
Public Utilities Board
P.O.Box 443
Betio, Tarawa
Republic of Kiribati
Central Pacific
Tel: (686) 26292
Fax: (686) 26106
Email: [email protected]