With financing from the World Bank and The European Bank For Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), FVB investigated options to rehabilitate Tartu’s district heating system. Tartu is Estonia’s second largest city of about 90,000 inhabitants. In addition to assisting with the final design and material procurement, we managed and supervised the rehabilitation program.
The district heating rehabilitation project in Tartu had a capital budget of USD $15.5 million (excluding local contribution). The project included conversion of existing gas- and oil-fired boilers to peat and wood chips, replacement of several sections of district heating pipes, refurbishment of about 450 customers’ substations, installation of heat meters, improvement of water treatment facility, and improvement of boiler instrumentation.
During the project implementation, FVB prepared technical specifications for tender documents, including drawings and design for pipe installations, drawings and design for substation installations, and technical specifications for the boiler conversion (turn-key contracts). FVB also prepared commercial terms for the bidding documents, evaluated the bids, and negotiated contracts with successful bidders. FVB also assisted the city of Tartu in general project management, including preparing project budget and schedules, conducting project meetings, preparing semi-annual progress reports, disbursing project funds, and presenting status reports to the World Bank. FVB regularly inspected the construction progress, and at the appropriate times during the project construction, we verified through testing that actual performance met the project guarantees.