Bulgarian state-owned electricity grid operator ESO will launch six tenders for the extension and modernization of the energy management system (EMS) and data environment at its national dispatch centre, estimated at 8.35 million euro ($11.6 million), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said.
The works will be 50% financed by grant funds provided by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), administered by the EBRD and 50%-funded by ESO’s own financial sources, the international lender said in a procurement notice.
The projects include the installation, commissioning and modernisation of a supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) and dispatcher training simulators, as well as the implementation of an information transparency platform and a disaster recovery data centre.
A separate tender for consultancy services for ESO support on project management, procurement, technical matters and supervision of the implementation will be held and will be fully funded under KIDSF. Services would be provided for a period of 36 months.
The procurement is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014.
Contracts are expected to be between 12 and 24 months, followed by a defect notification period.