Russian Federation: Assistance to infrastructure Public Private Partnerships ("PPP") Projects - Technical and Traffic Advice
EBRD Shareholder Special Fund
Type of contract
Type of notice
Invitation for Expressions of Interest
13 Feb 2009
20 Mar 2009
Assignment Description: Recent experience in Russia demonstrates that project preparation has been a key bottleneck in using the PPP model for infrastructure development. Many transport PPP projects (motorways, airports) are in the pipeline for the coming years in Russia, several at the federal level but also a few at the regional and municipal levels. Various of these projects will include a significant traffic risk, a situation which will require a sound assessment of this risk and technical advice at various levels.
It is anticipated the following range of tasks may be included in the Assignments:
a) During the preliminary stage
- assess and advise the relevant Russian authorities on the various methods of managing traffic risk for the project such as physical/electronic tolling, shadow tolling, minimum revenue guarantee, banding, indexation, availability payments (with and without tolling), and distribution of tolling flows;
- analyse and review elements of existing traffic studies (such as methodology, hypothesis, inputs data, toll avoidance factors, growth assumptions or peak hour factors);
- provide assistance in the preliminary assessment of the social acceptability of a tolled infrastructure: affordability of tariffs, willingness to pay of the potential users by mode and user type or existence of free alternative infrastructure;
- provide sensitivity or stress scenario analysis.
b) During the project preparation stage
- determine the type and suitability of using an existing detailed socioeconomic database on which traffic study could be implemented. or advise the local authorities on survey studies that would need to be completed prior to completing project preparation;
- establish the reference traffic demand forecasts;
- comment on and assist in the completion of a sufficiently robust traffic model;
- undertake complementary analysis (probability analysis of the results, sensibility analysis) on the basis of the results of an existing traffic model or traffic study.
c) During the tender process
- advise and assist the local authorities in analysing the consistency and coherence of the traffic assumptions underlying the bidders proposals, and;
- advise and assist the local authorities in tariff policy assessment.
Assignment Duration: It is anticipated that selection and engagements from the panel will start in April 2009 for a period of 20 months. This period may be extended subject to satisfactory performance of the services and availability of funding.
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Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contracts will be financed through EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restriction.
Consultant Profile: The selected firms or consortia shall have relevant and substantial experience in traffic assessment and analysis for transport infrastructure projects, preferably with a local office or partner company in Russia. The proposed company(ies) and presented experts� profiles shall demonstrate in particular:
- knowledge of discrete choice theory, multinomial LOGIT, PROBIT and Random Utility (RUM) models;
- solid experience in preparing, managing and supervising socio-economical feasibility studies for infrastructure projects;
- experience in affordability and willingness to pay assessment of infrastructure users;
- experience in infrastructure tariff policy definition and appraisal;
- prior experience of working in Russia will be considered an advantage;
- fluency in Russian language will be considered an advantage.
Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
- Details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations and the company,s role. Details on project (nature of the infrastructure, costs of the project);
- CVs of staff who will be available to work on the Assignments.
The above information should not exceed 40 pages excluding CVs (no more than 2 pages per person).
Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection and Not to the e-mail address mentioned below.