The EBRD is considering extending a senior loan to Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (the "Borrower") of up to USD 89.9 million (EUR 66.2 million) for the financing of the development, construction and operation of Shuakhevi HPP, a hydroelectric power plant to be located on the Adjaristsqali river in south-western Georgia (the "Project"). Shuakhevi HPP will have an installed capacity of 187 MW with expected electricity output of 452 GWh. The plant is designed as a run-of-the-river plant with capacity for diurnal storage in two reservoirs, allowing Shuakhevi HPP to store water for up to 12 hours and sell electricity at peak demand times.
The transaction supports the development and construction of another renewable energy generator resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and Georgia's carbon intensity.
ETI score: 80
The project's transition impact stems from three factors:
(i) More widespread private ownership because of the market entry of a new private competitor on the electricity generation market in Georgia;
(ii) Demonstration of new financing methods as the project will be the first power project in Georgia to rely on limited recourse financing; and
(iii) Setting standards for corporate governance and business conduct from the project's potential for setting improved standards for HPP implementation in Georgia through the application of international best practices.
ADJARISTSQALI GEORGIA LLC
Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC is a special purpose vehicle established in Georgia for the sole purpose of constructing a cascade of three hydroelectric power plants on the Adjaristsqali river in south-western Georgia, the first of which will be Shuakhevi HPP. Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC is owned by Clean Energy Invest AS (50%) and Tata Power (50%).
EBRD Finance Summary
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- EBRD offers a tenor, which is longer than available to the client in the market on reasonable terms and conditions.
- EBRD offers an innovative financing structure (limited recourse project finance) on commercial terms not available from other banks.
Environmental and Social Summary
The project has been categorised A in accordance with the Bank's 2008 Environmental and Social Policy. The project includes two dams that are 39 metres and 22 metres high, respectively, each higher than the 15-metre height cited in Appendix 1 of the 2008 Environmental and Social Policy as indicative threshold for Category A. In addition, the area of influence includes another such large dam, the 19-metre Koromkheti Dam, and extensive tunnelling at both the project site and within the area of influence.
The sponsors have retained an international consultant and prepared and disclosed for public review and comment an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) package, including:
- Non-Technical Summary (NTS);
- Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
- E&S Management Plans;
- Construction Management Plans;
- Biodiversity Action Plan;
- Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan;
- Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP); and
- Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).
The ESIA package is currently being disclosed in accordance with the EBRD's Public Information Policy, during which period all comments received will be considered. The Bank's environmental and social due diligence determined the ESIA package was fit for purpose and meets the EBRD's Performance Requirements.
Construction and operational related E&S risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with best practice and appropriate mitigation measures proposed which have been included in the ESAP.
The ESAP, agreed by the EBRD and the sponsors, includes key actions the sponsors have agreed to implement in order to achieve the Bank's Performance Requirements throughout the project cycle.
The project will be monitored by the bank in line with the commitments in the ESAP, regulatory requirements and the Performance Requirements.
There is an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment available for this project.
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Company Contact Information
Rakesh Naik, CEO
+995 577 691968
The Project is one of the largest direct foreign investments in energy sector of Georgia, which helped to develop regional infrastructure and increase regional budget revenues in addition to local employment and investment. The Project was the largest greenfield hydropower plant in the country with one of the longest hydropower tunnels in the world. Shuakhevi is also one of the first projects financed under a limited recourse project finance structure in the region.
The plant was designed and operated in line with EBRD's 2008 ESP and Good International Practice. These high standards, particularly for such a complex plant, set a notable example for future HPP projects in Georgia and the Caucasus region. As a part of transition impact, the Project has contributed to more widespread private ownership as well as to the demonstration of new replicable behaviour. After Shuakhevi HPP, a number of other small and medium sized hydro power plants and other renewable projects were financed under private ownership and on a limited recourse basis.
PSD last updated
22 May 2022
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