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Procurement Notice Details

Kyrgyz republic and republic of uzbekistan remediation of uranium mining legacy sites - general procurement notice
Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan

Purchaser: Tailings Management Agency
Website link: click here

Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Uzbekistan Remediation of Uranium Mining Legacy Sites

Procurement ref:
9097-GPN-40328

Location:
Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan

Business sector:
Nuclear safety

Project number:
40328

Funding source:
Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia (ERA)

Contract type:
Project goods, works and services

Notice type:
General Procurement notices

Issue date:
21 May 2018

Closing date:
21 May 2019 at 23:59 Local Time

General Background

Remediation of Former Uranium Mining Legacy Sites

Uranium mining and processing activities have been carried out in Central Asia since the mid 1940s. Many of these activities ceased in the 1990s. Some of these uranium mining legacies are located in the Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Uzbekistan and Republic of Tajikistan. Under EuropeAid the European Commission has funded Environmental Impact Assessment and Feasibility Studies for some of the most crucial sites in these countries as an engineering base for their remediation. A Strategic Master Plan, setting out priorities and remediation approaches to address the uranium mining legacy in Central Asia, has been developed on behalf of the Central Asian Republics involving representatives of the EBRD, the European Commission, the IAEA, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia (ERA) is a donor fund managed by the EBRD. Its objective is to finance remediation works at uranium mining legacy sites in the Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Uzbekistan and Republic of Tajikistan.

Therefore with the donor assistance provided by ERA there is an intent to a) procure the services of a consultancy company and b) start tender processes for remediation works to be carried out at some of the uranium legacy sites in 2018.

The Kyrgyz Republic has nominated the Tailings Management Agency, a Department of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, as recipient organization. The Agency intends to procure the services of a consultancy company to complement its Project Management Unit, which is in charge of tendering for and overseeing planned remediation works at the Min-Kush and Shekaftar sites. The works include the closure of shafts, adits and sinkholes, the demolition of mining facilities and processing buildings, the covering or relocation of waste rock dumps as well as the construction of river bank protections and diversion channels. Environmental Impact Assessment and Feasibility Studies for these works have been carried out by an experienced international company.

The Republic of Uzbekistan is currently in the process of nominating the recipient organization and intends to procure the services of a consultancy company to complement a future Project Management Unit, which will be tasked to tender for and oversee planned remediation works at the Charkesar and Yangiabad sites. The works envisaged are similar to the ones described above for the sites in the Kyrgyz Republic and Feasibility and Environmental Impact Assessment and Feasibility Studies carried out by an experienced international company are available.

The procurement of the consultancy company may be carried out in Q2 2018 either jointly or separately by the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Tender processes for remediation works at some of the uranium legacy sites may start in late 2018.

Project Management Units (PMU)

ERA recipient organizations will establish Project Management Units in charge of engineering, planning, procurement for and oversight of remediation works, financial control, licensing and public participation processes. The PMUs will be staffed by experts of the recipient organizations to be complemented by staff of a consultancy company, the so called Project Management Unit Consultant (PMU-C).

In the case of joint procurement by the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan the selected consultancy company will provide staff to two PMUs, one in the Kyrgyz Republic and one in the Republic of Uzbekistan under separate contracts with the recipient organization in each of the two countries. It is envisaged that four remediation projects will be implemented, two projects in the Kyrgyz Republic and two projects in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The estimated duration of these four remediation projects varies from 6 months to 3 years, thus the services of the consultancy company will be required for a period of approximately 3 years. Subject to available funding further remediation projects may be added to the scope.

In the case of separate procurement of the services of a consultancy company by the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan the scope and duration of services required will be adapted accordingly.

Procurement for the consultancy company is expected to be started in the second quarter of 2018. The contract(s), to be fully financed with the proceeds of an ERA Grant will be subject to the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country. The proceeds of the Grant shall not be used for the purpose of any payments to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

Interested parties may contact Esther Harlander on behalf of the Client(s).



Esther Harlander

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Email: harlande@ebrd.com