Non-nuclear heating plant EIA, Bulgaria (Deadline: 30 April 2010)

23 February 2010

Assignment: Six (6) units have been installed on Kozloduy NPP Site; four (4) units type WWER 440 and two (2) units type WWER 1000.

The WWER 440 units are no longer in operation; units 1 and 2 were shut down at the end of 2002, and units 3 and 4 at the end of 2006. Currently, these four (4) units are under decommissioning and being prepared for dismantling. The works, goods and services required by the decommissioning and dismantling operations are financed by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), which is managed and administrated by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The procurement of these works, goods and services are projects which are managed by a Project Management Unit (PMU).

After the shutdown of Units 1 to 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, a replacement source of steam and central heating water for the Plant and the Kozloduy town is needed as a contingency. The central heating water is necessary to ensure acceptable winter conditions at the Kozloduy NPP and at the town in the event of Units 5 and 6 are simultaneously shutdown; in addition, a secondary steam supply system is necessary for the Plant to operate several auxiliary systems (liquid radioactive waste treatment, demineralised water production, etc...). Previously, with four or more units available, such contingency was not needed.

If units 5 and 6 are simultaneously shutdown, this plant will ensure:

- The supply of central heating water to the town of Kozloduy,

- The supply of steam and central heating water to Kozloduy NPP,

- The supply of steam for self consumption of KNPP.

The contingency source of power will be a heat generation plant for steam and heating water; its thermal power will be in the region of 200 - 210 MW; it will be operated with natural gas with light fuel oil (diesel) as back up fuel.

For such a facility, the Bulgarian legislation requires an Environmental Impact Assessment and Public Consultation.

The assignment has to be carried out in compliance with the relevant environmental standards and regulations of Bulgaria and in compliance with the EBRD's Environmental and Public Information Policies. This invitation for expressions of interest relates to the development of this EIA and the associated public consultation.

The EIA process and the EIA documents should meet the requirements set out in the Bulgarian legislation and in the EU EIA Directive. Public information and consultation should meet the requirements as set out in the EIA Directive and in the EBRD's Environmental Policy and Public Information Policy, both of which can be found on EBRD's website (http://www.ebrd.com).

The Consultant will be responsible for the entire EIA process (Public information and Public discussions included) and the preparation of all necessary documentation (particularly the EIA report), in both Bulgarian and English language.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: Anticipated start date is October 2010 for a duration of approximately 12 months.

Special Conditions: The consultancy services financed by the Grant of the KIDSF shall be free from any and all taxes, custom duties or other fees or mandatory payments arising in or as a result of performance of services in the country of the Assignment (Bulgaria).

Eligibility: Eligible countries are EU Members States, Switzerland and the EBRD countries of operation (see list on EBRD Web-site).

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required.

The Consultant should have relevant experience in all areas needed for the performance of the assignment as described above. The Consultant will be specifically responsible for the selection of the team of qualified experts for the EIA as well as for the quality of the EIA.

Contact:

John Bourke, Kozloduy NPP, Kozloduy Project Management Unit (KPMU), 3321Kozloduy, Bulgaria. Tel: + 359 973 7 64 22. Fax: + 359 973 7 45 08. E-Mail: kpmu@npp.bg




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