Olzha loan extension



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Approval date:

26 Mar 2014



PSD disclosed:

19 Feb 2014

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

The EBRD is considering extending a secured loan to JSC Olzha, a private operator of freight wagons in Kazakhstan. Proceeds of the loan will be used for acquisition of new freight railcars and one shunting locomotive.

Transition Impact

The first loan with Olzha was signed in July 2013 with the key transition objectives: 

(i) private sector expansion in a market which is dominated by the state sector; 

(ii) development of the leasing market which remains underdeveloped (in particular the railcar leasing segment); and 

(iii) setting standards through formal introduction of OHSAS 18001 (safety process and management), which is a key issue for LPG railcars. The proposed loan extension would support further expansion of the original transition objectives.

Rail transportation sector remains dominated by the state-owned railway company. The key objective of the transaction is to support a private ownership and operations in line with the larger railway reform plan. By supporting Olzha in the acquisition of additional railcars, the Project will contribute towards increasing the share of wagons owned and operated by private companies in Kazakhstan.

New wagons will be leased to medium-sized companies and used for transportation of different types of commodities such as LPG, gasoline, coal etc. These companies generally require not more than 100-150 wagons and maintaining their own fleet is often not commercially justified. By supporting the acquisition of additional wagons the Project would indirectly support small and medium-sized companies whose business involve transportation of commodities and thereby improve trade interactions with their customers.

Part of the loan will be used to purchase a locomotive which is required for haulage of Olzha’s growing fleet of wagons and to strengthen competitive position of the company as a provider of rail freight forwarding services.

The Client

The company’s activities include: lease of railcars, transportation and sales of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and oil products (mainly diesel and gasoline).

The company operates about 1,500 wagons, mostly LPG and oil tanks.

EBRD Finance

A senior secured loan in the amount of USD 9.0 million.

The EBRD is considering extending final maturity of the loan.

Project Cost

USD 9.0 million.

Environmental Impact

The proposed project has been categorised B in accordance with the 2008 EBRD Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy, as the potential impacts are expected to be site specific and readily identifiable and addressed through mitigation measures.

The environmental and social due diligence for the project, which is ongoing, includes an environmental and social audit to assess the Client’s management capacity and systems to manage environment, health, safety and labour issues in its operations and an analysis of the potential (future) E&S impacts and benefits. It will also assess the Client’s ability to carry out the Project in compliance with the Bank’s Performance Requirements.

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared  for the project, and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan will be developed that will include a grievance mechanism and information on environmental and social performance and a summary of the agreed Action Plan will be released to stakeholders.

This PSD will be updated when the results of due diligence are known.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact

Mr Arman Beissekov,
Deputy CEO on Economy and Finance


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