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TOR for Transaction Advisors for Power Generation Development

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Sample Terms of Reference for Selecting Transaction Advisors for Power Generation Development:

This document has been prepared as part of the annex of the section on Guidelines in Implementing Asset Recycling in the PPP Legal Resource Center (PPPLRC) for contracts, laws and regulations. It is for general guidance purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for specific legal advice for a project.


Project Background

The [Relevant Authority’s] Board of Directors is engaging the integrated consultant services (either as a single firm or consortium, referred to as 'the consultant') for the transaction advisory services for [operations, maintenance and management] of the [xxx] power plant for the next [] years under the Asset Recycling Scheme (“the Project”).

Objective and Purpose of the Project

The Consultant will directly support the [Relevant Authority] with the provision of advisory and transaction services for this Project. The key project objective is to carry out the technical and financial feasibility studies, develop technical specifications and standards, draft legal contractual framework and assist in the administration of asset recycling partner selection from inception to the financial close.

During the tender support process, the consultant will assist the [Relevant Authority] in implementing a competitive tender, consistent with the best international practices and local laws.

Legal Basis

The legal basis for the framework of the preparation and selection of a partner for [XXX] power plant (XXX MW) under the Asset Recycling Scheme refers to [.] Laws and Regulations including but not limited to:

  1. [XXX]
  2. [XXX]

Scope of Work


The Consultant scope of work involves multi-disciplinary capabilities and expertise involving demand forecasting, power plant development, and power plant financing, economics and investment, commercial, business case planning, stakeholders and risk management. In addition, the experience of drawing legal and regulatory framework is needed for this project. The study's scope of services forms a part of the following deliverables/tasks:

  1. Feasibility Study (technical and financial) for transaction structuring;
  2. Tender Process for Partner Selection;
  3. Post-transaction award assistance (up to financial close);

Consultant Governance Structure

It is expected that consultant team will be comprised of a Financial, Technical, Legal and/or Project Management advisory team. The Financial Consultant will be the lead consultant and work closely with others as an integrated team under [Relevant Authority’s] guidance, particularly during the feasibility and tender process.

The role of the Lead Consultant (as a financial) is to work with technical and legal consultant team to develop the feasibility study and support the tender process for project, including post-evaluation report.

Scope of Works

The below Scope of Services reflects the minimum requirements which [Relevant Authority] envisages will be necessary to conduct the consultancy advisory services.

  • Stakeholders Management Discussion
  • Technical Analysis and Capex Estimation
  • Legal and Risk Assessment
  • E&S and Climate Resilience Assessment
  • Preparation of financial model, business and financial analysis
  • Project structuring and transaction advisory
  • Transaction process management

Project Duration and Reporting

It is expected that the consultant will be appointed and commence its services no later than [xxx]. The entire project scope is expected to be completed within [xxx] weeks with the following indicative timeline allotted to the following:

  • Final Feasibility Study- [XXX weeks];
  • Report on final project structure - [XXX weeks];
  • RFQ and RFP documents including supporting tender documents
  • Tender Selection Process for Partner Selection (including negotiations & contract signing) - [XXX weeks];
  • Post-award assistance (till financial close) - [XXX weeks];

Expert Requirements

Composition of Consultant's Expert Team

The project is scheduled to be delivered within [XXX] months, including [XXX] weeks for the completion of monitoring and evaluation report after the project financial close. Under the project requirements, the consultant will mobilize the following experts:

  • Team Leader / Project Manager
  • Deputy Team Leader / Deputy Project Manager
  • Technical Team
    • Senior Electrical Engineer
    • Civil Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
    • Thermal Modelling Expert (assuming thermal power plant)
  • Legal and Compliance
    • Power Regulatory and Policy Expert
    • Health Safety and Environmental Expert
    • Social Expert
    • Environmental/Climate Resilience Expert
    • Insurance Due Diligence Expert
  • Financial and Commercial
    • Power Commercial / Business Expert
    • Power Finance and Investment Expert
    • Financial Model Specialist
    • Tax Expert (if tax structuring is required)
    • Procurement Expert / Transaction Specialist

The Consultant will determine the number, effort and the nature of experts/support staff they will require to achieve the objectives of the project, in accordance with their proposed approach and methodology. However, the [Relevant Authority] requires a minimum of [XXX] key experts for proposal evaluation purposes. Any changes in the team composition post award have to be agreed with the [Relevant Authority].

Project Deliverables

The deliverables of this project addressed to [Relevant Authority] are as follows:

  1. A report covering technical, social, environmental, climate resilience, financial and legal assessment, including incorporation of feedback from the [Relevant Authority] (final technical and financial feasibility study with tender selection and draft legal contract documents: due in [12-16] weeks):
    1. An overview of the project implementation schedule aligned with agreed dates during kick-off meeting
    2. Assets technicalities study after asset recycling implementation (gross and net capacity, availability factor and degradation, load profile by month, routine and major overhaul maintenance schedule, all in O&M expenses and its breakdown, replacement capex if any)
    3. Financial and commercial analysis covering a financial and commercial viability analysis for the Project with reference to key parameters such as project cost, funding, operating expenses and revenues.
    4. Legal and Regulatory Framework Assessment and legal structure recommendation for asset recycling transaction
  2. Existing Assets Due Diligence Report (Financial, Tax, Technical, Legal, Insurance, HSE, Climate Resilience)
  3. Tender selection process: (Approximately [24-32] weeks)
    1. Market sounding Report
    2. Public Consultation Report (if required)
    3. Request for Qualification and its supporting documents
    4. Request for Proposal and its supporting documents (draft Asset Recycling Agreement / term sheet, Feasibility Study, Due Diligence Report)
    5. Statement of Qualification (“SOQ”) and Proposal evaluation framework (evaluation parameter, mechanism, threshold)
    6. SOQ and Proposal clarifications to applicants
    7. SOQ and Proposal Evaluation Report
    8. Award to Preferred Bidder
  4. Post-transaction Award [12-24 weeks]
    1. Asset Recycling Agreement closing progress report
    2. Signed Asset Recycling Agreement (and other supporting documents as required, i.e. PPA)

Indicative Payment Schedule

  • Professional fees: Fees shall be proposed as a lump sum contract value, inclusive of air travel, visa, accommodation and per-diem of the professional consultants’ team, and exclusive of withholding tax and other applicable taxes and inclusive of consultant’s country GST and Taxes;
  • Payment terms: Terms of payment are proposed are as follows:
    • Inception report submission - XX% of the lump sum contract;
    • Draft Feasibility report submission - XX% of the lump sum contract;
    • Final Feasibility report submission - XX% of the lump sum contract;
    • Report on final project structure -XX% of the lump sum contract;
    • Completion of Tender Selection Process, Negotiation, & Award Signing - XX% of the lump sum contract;
    • Post-award assistance (till financial close) - XX% of the lump sum contract;
  • Schedule of consultant hourly rates

Project Evaluation Criteria

Form of Proposal

The Consultant's proposal must be submitted in Bilingual (both in English and [.]), duly signed by the authorized signatory of the Lead Consultant and must include supporting unincorporated JV or sub consultancy agreements.

The following criteria will be used as guidance in comparing and evaluating the different proposals submitted by the Consultants. The proposal should include a technical and financial proposal comprised of the following:

  • Organization Experience
  • Experience of team members
  • Consultant's Project Experience
  • Comments on Terms of Reference
  • Description of Approach, Methodology, and Scope of Work Plan for Performing the Project:
    • Technical Approach and Methodology
    • Work Plan
    • Organization and Experts
    • Curriculum vitae of each expert and supporting staff
  • Financial Proposal as proposed lump sum fee (with a breakdown of fixed professional fee, expenses, contingencies); consultants are also requested to submit discounted hourly rates.

Instruction to Consultants

Notice of Receipt and Queries and/or Clarification

Consultants shall acknowledge receipt of this RFP immediately upon receipt. Consultants shall also advise of their intention to submit a Proposal no later than XXXX202Y.

Consultants may request clarifications and/or raise queries in writing, during the period of submission, with respect to any aspect of this RFP. The final date for requesting any query and/or clarification or further information is XXXX. No queries and/or clarifications will be responded to after this date.

Should the [Relevant Authority] provide additional information or responses to a Consultant, it reserves the right to issue a copy of such information to all Consultants and all additional information or responses will form part of this RFP.

All correspondence including notification of receipt, confirmation of intention to submit a Proposal raising queries and/or clarifications shall be delivered directly to {Procurement Unit of Relevant Authority}

Submission of Proposal

Consultant proposals are to be submitted no later than XXX 202Y (the “Submission Date”) and delivered directly to: [Procurement Unit of Relevant Authority]

Validity of Proposal

Proposals shall remain valid and binding upon the Consultants for a period of ninety (90) calendar days from the Submission Date ("Period of Validity"). Proposals valid for a shorter period may be rejected by [Relevant Authority] as failing to be deemed substantially responsive pursuant to this TOR. Proposals may be accepted at any time before the expiration of the Period of Validity.

[Relevant Authority] may, not later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the expiration of the Period of Validity, request the Consultant's consent to an extension of the Period of Validity. Both the request for extension and the response shall be made in writing.

Reservation of Rights

[Relevant Authority] reserves the right to, at its absolute discretion:

  • Amend this TOR and/or the TOR process;
  • Amend the indicative timetable as outlined in the earlier sections;
  • Suspend, cancel or vary the intended selection process;
  • Reject any and/or all Proposals;
  • Award the engagement to whichever Consultant best satisfies the TOR requirements, such successful Consultant not necessarily being the Consultant with the lowest fees; and

Cost of Preparation of Proposals

All costs incurred by the Consultant in the preparation and lodgement of their Proposal or otherwise in the course of the evaluation of their Proposal shall be borne by the Consultant. [Relevant Authority] will not be responsible for and will not pay for, any expense or loss that may be incurred by the Consultant in the preparation, evaluation or negotiation of their Proposal.


Submission of a Proposal by the Consultant will constitute and evidence acknowledgement by the Consultant that it has:

  • Examined this TOR (including any amendments or addenda); and
  • Satisfied itself as to the correctness and sufficiency of its Proposal and that the fees submitted cover the cost of complying with all matters and things necessary for the due and proper performance of the Services and any other elements deemed necessary by the Consultant for a Project of this nature.

Confidentiality – Consultant’s Obligations

Form of Agreement

The successful agreement should form the basis of client-consultant model services agreement as defined in the draft [to be drafted at the transaction stage].


The Guidelines have not been prepared with any specific transaction in mind and are meant to serve only as general guidance. It is therefore critical that the Guidelines be reviewed and adapted for specific transactions To find more, visit the Guidelines to Implementing Asset Recycling Transactions Section Overview and Content Outline, or Download the Full Report.




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Updated: May 28, 2023