Consultants sought for Irish EV, broadband networks

Authorities in Dublin require a strategy to roll out electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure while the Irish government requires advisors for the National Broadband Plan.

Fingal County Council on behalf of the Dublin Region Local Authorities (Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council) seeks a consultant to produce an EV charging network strategy for the Dublin region.

The authorities have come together to provide a comprehensive, reliable and interoperable EV charging infrastructure, so that the members of the public and business community can be confident in making decisions to purchase vehicles and to use them for long journeys.

The focus of the four local authorities is on the provision of EV charging infrastructure in locations with on-street public parking and public places or facilities under the control of the local authorities.

Bids for the four month contract are due by January 15, 2020.

Meanwhile the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, are seeking technical advisory services to support management of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) contract.

The team of advisors would provide contract governance support to the department, for the proposed State-led intervention under the NBP.

Following financial close on the EUR3bn national scheme last month, DCCAE is now seeking to develop a post contract governance structure that will be capable of providing effective and efficient post contract-award administration and management of the NBP contract.

The NBP is being delivered under a ‘Commercial Stimulus Model’ (otherwise known as the ‘Gap Funding Model’). Under this model, the private sector would own and control (as well as build, finance, operate and maintain) the NBP network assets. Public subsidy is to be invested in the project in accordance with the commercial stimulus model, which means that the public subsidy paid to NBPco is no greater than the amount of the investment costs that cannot be financed by the project itself on a normal commercial basis. Payments are made in return for the deployment, connection and operations of high speed broadband over the contract term.

Bids are due for the 24-month contract by January 31, 2020.