Serbia invites bids for substations in biomass heating projects in Priboj, Mali Zvornik

Serbia invites bids for substations in biomass heating project in two towns

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April 6, 2020






April 6, 2020





The Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia is receiving offers through May 8 for some of the works in switching district heating plants from fossil fuels to biomass. Germany’s KfW and Switzerland have allocated funds for the overhaul in six municipal units.

As part of a financial cooperation agreement that Serbia signed with Germany and Switzerland, district heating networks in Priboj and Mali Zvornik in Serbia are about to get new substations as they are switching to biomass. The program called Promotion of Renewable Energies – Developing the Biomass Market in Serbia is worth EUR 26.75 million. It covers six municipal units.

The public call for both lots include SCADA hardware and software, accessories, installation and parameter setting. The announcement reveals the contract is for the equipment all the way to the block valves of the service connection pipes inside the buildings for connecting the substations. The procurement notice is available for download here.

The EUR 26.75 million project includes German and Swiss grants of EUR 6.75 million in total

The deal is expected to be signed in August, while the units should come online by January 2022, the contracting authority said. The Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia is the executing agency receiving the bids.

May 8 was set as the submission deadline for the two-stage process. The bidding follows a prequalification round.

Germany’s KfW Development Bank provided a EUR 20 million loan. It added a EUR 2 million grant and the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) gave EUR 4.75 million.

The contract for Priboj and Mali Zvornik will cover an estimated 100 indirect type compact substations and accessories

The selected contractor will have the obligation to produce a detailed design and conduct deliveries and installation works for an estimated 100 indirect type compact substations and accessories. It shall dismantle old facilities and obtain permits where they are necessary, according to the provisions.

Eligible participants, including consortiums of two entities at most, have annual turnover of more than EUR 2 million and experience in engineering, supply and installation in the field. The equipment in question includes control valves, sensors for temperature and pressure, heat exchangers, pumps, safety valves, manometers, thermometers and heat meters.

Consortiums filing applications can have a maximum of two members

Separately, the deadline for applications in the procurement of services of rehabilitation and extension of the pipes and accessories in Mali Zvornik, in Serbia’s west, and Priboj, in the southwest, expired on February 27.

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