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Cleaner energy production

The power sector poses great challenges for the Bank in most of the region, especially with the present financial environment and the need to enhance economic development under carbon constrained conditions. Most of the existing power infrastructure needs modernisation while additional capacity is also needed in many countries.

Thermal power stations generate the majority of electricity in the region, but ageing infrastructure mean high running costs and excessive pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To support countries in tackling these challenges, the EBRD engages in projects related to new grid connected renewables , new state-of-the-art high efficiency  power generation technologies, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants, rehabilitation and modernisation of existing infrastructure and efficient and reliable transmission and distribution projects.

By supporting transformation in these areas the Bank aims to help improve the investment climate and allow for the development of energy systems functioning on market principles.  This should also improve efficiency in the conversion, transportation, distribution and consumption of energy, including improved energy services, and generally improve the  environmental performance of the countries’ power sectors.

The EBRD also offers a wide range of services to its clients for the sustainable development of the power sector in the form of technical assistance that covers the whole sector:

  • Thermal power generation and co-generation,
  • Hydro-power generation,
  • Transmission and Distribution, including SCADA systems and smart grids, and
  • Grid connected renewables, including wind, small hydro and biomass.

This assistance includes technical and energy efficiency audits, technical and financial analysis of the proposed investment plans, project preparation and support throughout the project implementation phase.

The Bank is also providing financing and technical assistance for the sustainable development of oil and gas sector with most important projects supporting modernisation and energy efficiency improvements in oil refineries and Associated Petroleum Gas (APG) flaring reduction in our countries of operation.

The EBRD’s loan underscores two of our key priorities: replacing old and wasteful generating equipment with advanced technology making a tangible impact on the environment and improving energy efficiency parameters; helping private operators who operate in the liberalised electricity and capacity markets to increase their competitiveness.

Last updated 3 May 2013

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The reduction of associated-petroleum gas flaring in upstream oil operations can lead to massive energy and CO2 emission savings. This video, released by the World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership of which the EBRD is partner since 2011, shows the challenges and potential in Russia.

Gas-to-power and gas-to-fuel investments prove to be viable and attractive also in Russia, as proven by the EBRD - co-financed Monolit project successfully implemented and operated by BlueLine (featured in the video).

Associated Petroleum Gas Flaring Study for Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan (3MB - PDF)