Azerbaijan to engage consultants in KfW project

Business Materials 9 March 2010 11:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 9 / Trend N.Ismayilova / 

Azersu announced on a consultant for the first phase of a water supply and sanitation restoration project in Ganja and Shaki. The project is being implemented jointly with the German government and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Cooperation (Seco).

The project provides advisory services in the first stage - the evaluation of tender proposals and implementation of technical controls, the second state - assisting in the preparation of a working project and tender documents, and the evaluation of technical control tender proposals, and the third stage - the preparation of technical and economic reasons to construct wastewater treatment plants in Ganja and Shaki.

The basic requirements for the applicants are experience providing consulting services in this field three years or more and an annual turnover of at least 2 million euro. All applications must be submitted in e-form. The contact person is Azersu International Relations and Development Department head Ilgar Tagiyev, who can be reached at +994 (12) 431 47 67 or [email protected]

The project will run 3.5 years. The first phase includes measures to ensure Shaki with water by 100 percent and Ganja - by 50 percent. The further development of the Ganja water system will be covered under the second phase. KfW is not raising the issue of increasing water tariffs to ensure the project's effectiveness, although at an early stage the government put forward the proposal. The current rate (0.22 manat per cubic meters of water) is acceptable, but in the future plans include increasing the collection rate of water use.

The project envisages improving water supply and sanitation quality and reliability in Ganja and Shaki. The budget of the project's first phase is 55 million euro. In accordance with agreements signed in October 2006 in Bern, KfW has pledged 37 million euro and the Seco - 10 million euro in grants for the project. The Azerbaijani government's share is 8 million euros.