Pavlodar Tram Project

Project number:

45645

Approval date:

10 Dec 2014

Status:

Repaying

PSD disclosed:

29 Aug 2014

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

EBRD is considering assisting the city of Pavlodar in Kazakhstan (the “City”) in the rehabilitation of tram public transport through modernisation of the City’s tram fleet and selected tram infrastructure.

An EBRD senior loan will be extended to the state owned Joint-Stock Company Pavlodar Tram Management Company (the “Company”), of up to EUR 10.0 million (KZT 2.46 billion)under the Project Support Agreement with the Akimat of Pavlodar Oblast and the Joint-Stock Company National Company Social-Entrepreneurial Corporation Pavlodar (“SPK”), owner of the Company.

The operation will enable the Company to improve the quality of the tram services and establish an improved regulatory framework through implementation of a Public Service Contract between the City and the Company. The Priority Investment Programme (the “PIP”) financed under the Project will include the following: (i) procurement of up to 25 new units of modern energy efficient trams, (ii) rehabilitation of the selected tram infrastructure, and (iii) procurement of a computer-aided dispatching system. In addition, the Project aims at setting higher standards for service quality in public transport sector.

Transition Impact

The project will reform the City’s tram services via introduction of a Public Service Contract (the “PSC”) between the Company, as the service provider, and the City, as the service customer. It will focus on the commercialisation and transparency of relationship between the City and the Company and facilitate enhanced service planning at the City level. The PSC will focus the Company on becoming a more client-oriented, reliable and cost efficient provider of passenger transportation services. Successful implementation of the Project will allow the City to test a new regulatory approach, balance tariff level and ensure sustainable public transport service provision on key corridors.

In addition, the Project will achieve sizable reduction in CO2 emissions and will improve the City’s urban transport services in terms of increased reliability, punctuality and comfort of the service.

The transaction will include Corporate Development Programme (CDP) for the Company to introduce appropriate corporate governance standards and transparent long term Business Plan, with setting of measurable targets and key performance indicators. It will set up a new concept of accountability for performance of the Company as well as formalize the system of institutional, accounting and managerial control in the sector.

The Client

Joint-Stock Company Pavlodar Tram Management Company wholly owned by the Pavlodar Oblast Akimat through its asset management company Joint-Stock Company National Company Social-Entrepreneurial Corporation Pavlodar (“SPK”).

EBRD Finance

A senior loan of up to EUR 10.0 million (KZT 2.46 billion).

Project Cost

Up to EUR 16.0 million.

Environmental Impact

Environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) has been undertaken by the independent consultants based on a review of the Company’s corporate management systems; relevant information provided by the Company, site visit and discussions with the Company’s personnel to evaluate the current operational performance and the risk management plans for the planned investment programme.

The investigation showed that the potential future adverse impacts of the project will be site specific and addressed through appropriate mitigation measures. The transaction will enable City to begin implementation of a public transport rehabilitation programme and, hence, improve quality of public transport services. The project implementation is limited to urban area within the boundaries of the City and no sensitive ecological receptors or protected zones are affected. It is confirmed that the project will not have adverse social impacts to local communities or other project affected parties, while a number of very tangible environmental and social benefits are likely to arise.

The due diligence confirmed that the Company has efficient public communication, consultation and disclosure policy that in general meets the EBRD's requirements. In order to avoid, minimise and mitigate the potential adverse E and S impacts of the project and ensure full compliance with national regulations and EBRD's PRs an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed to address the necessary improvements in the Company's E and S management systems.

The project will be monitored in terms of its environmental and social performance and implementation of the ESAP through annual E and S reports and site visits when deemed necessary.

Implementation summary

At a time of the project approval, the operation intended to enable the Company to improve the quality of public transport services in Pavlodar through implementing the Priority Investment Programme (the "PIP") and establishing a proper regulatory framework in the City including the introduction of a Public Service Contract (the "PSC").

The intended results have substantially materialised. The operation enabled the Company and the City to rehabilitate the municipal transport through the modernisation of the City's tram fleet and selected tram infrastructure. The operation helped the Company to improve the quality of the tram services and to establish an improved regulatory framework through the implementation of a Public Service Contract between the City and the Company.

The Priority Investment Program financed under the project included the following: (i) the procurement of 23 new units of modern energy efficient trams, (ii) the rehabilitation of the selected tram infrastructure, and (iii) the procurement of GPS equipment.

As a part of the Transition Impact, the project reformed the city's tram services via the introduction of a Public Service Contract (the "PSC") between the Company, as the service provider, and the City, as the service customer. It focused on the commercialisation and transparency of relationship between the City and the Company and facilitated the enhanced service planning at the city level. The PSC introduction aimed to make the Company a more client-oriented, reliable and cost-efficient provider of passenger transportation services.

The transaction helped the Company develop a Corporate Development Programme (CDP) with the help of international consultants.  It introduced corporate governance standards and a transparent long-term business plan, which set measurable targets and key performance indicators. It also established a new concept of accountability for the performance of the company as well as formalised the system of institutional, accounting and managerial control in the sector.

Moreover, the project helped the City to develop its Public Transport Strategy for Pavlodar, including the introduction of an improved public transport plan with recommendations on the reorganisation of bus routes, the introduction of a transport hub and free transfer concept, and the replacement of small-capacity buses with large capacity buses on routes with higher traffic.

The project ensured adherence to strict environmental, energy-efficiency and social standards. The Company has fully implemented the Environmental and Social Action Plan. The environmental and social performance level under the project can be considered as good with positive monitoring results.

In addition, the project achieved a sizeable reduction of CO2 emissions and improved the city's public transport services in terms of the increased reliability, punctuality and comfort of the service.

Technical Cooperation

Pre-Signing
 
TC 1: Technical, Legal and Environmental and Social Due Diligence. EUR 175,000, financed by the Government of Spain EBRD-ICEX Technical Cooperation Fund.
 
Post-Signing
 
TC 2: Project Implementation Support for the project management, design, procurement according to EBRD’s PP&R, engineering, supervision work and staff training. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 350,000, to be financed by multi- or bi-lateral international donor or the SSF.
 
TC 3: Corporate Development and Capacity Building Programme for the Company. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 200,000, to be financed by multi- or bi-lateral international donor or the SSF.
 
TC 4: Development of Public Transport Strategy for the City, to assist the City in the preparation of a comprehensive PTS. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 450,000, proposed to be financed by multi- or bi-lateral international donor or the SSF.
 

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