Enhanced Partnership - UT Modernisation Framework



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Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:




PSD disclosed:

26 Sep 2014

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

Under the Enhanced Partnership – Urban Transport Modernisation Framework the EBRD is considering financing priority capital investments in public transport sector for selected cities in Kazakhstan. The framework consists of sub-projects aimed at improving public transport infrastructure. This Framework is an integral part of Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangements, signed between the EBRD and Government of Kazakhstan in May 2014.

Loans will be provided to local public transport companies and proceeds from loans and local contribution for each sub-project will address urgent needs in rehabilitation of public transport infrastructure in respective cities.

Transition Impact

The transition impact potential of each sub-project under the framework is expected to arise from:

(i) Introduction of a model Public Service Contract and output-based payment mechanism. Deployment of service contracts to all participating operators and also for tendering public transport services to private operators;

(ii) Capacity building of the municipal regulatory authorities and introduction of competitive route tendering for bus services;

(iii) Cost control measures and incentives for improving operational performance and customer orientation. Introduction of targets for farebox ratio improvements coordinated with PSC requirements. Technical assistance through Corporate Development Programmes and improvements in business conduct for each utility;

(iv) Private sector participation through the lease of vehicles financed by the projects for private operation in selected cases;

(v) Introduction of new technologies – hybrid and electric buses in selected cases.

The Client

Urban or regional public transport company in each participating city.

EBRD Finance

For each sub-project the EBRD will provide loans to the public transport companies with Project Support Agreement signed with local authorities. Total amount of the loans proposed under the framework: EUR 100 million.

Sub-projects will be co-financed by local contribution provided by local authorities or Government of Kazakhstan.

Project Cost

Total project cost to be determined.

Environmental Impact

The Framework is not categorised; however, each sub-project under the Framework will be categorised at CRM stage and will undergo separate Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD). The sub-projects are expected to help in providing a wide range of environmental, health and safety improvements and enhancing quality and reliability of the key municipal services in various cities across Kazakhstan. The ESDD for each sub-project will include at minimum an assessment of potential environmental and social (E&S) impacts and benefits, and an E&S audit of the operations and facilities of each participating Municipality to help structure the PIPs. The sub-projects will aim to achieve EU compliance and good industry practice, and also adopt EU Best Available Techniques (BAT), where applicable. Corrective Environmental and Social Action Plans (ESAPs) and Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEPs) will be prepared for implementation during the projects, where necessary. All sub-projects categorised "A" will be submitted to Board for approval regardless of size of the loan. A separate PSD will be published for each sub-project under the Framework and will include a detailed E&S section upon completion of ESDD.

Technical Cooperation

Each sub-project will have individually designed pre- and post-signing TCs; typically this will include:

Pre Loan Signing

Feasibility Studies which may consist of financial, technical and environmental and social due diligence. The estimated average cost of the assignment, per sub-project, is EUR 300,000.

IFRS audit of the financial statements of prospective borrowers. The estimated average cost of the assignment, per sub-project, is EUR 50,000.

Post Loan Signing

Project Implementation Support to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the sub-project by rendering assistance to the utility in areas such as engineering design, procurement, contract administration, engineering supervision, financial control and project management/reporting. The estimated average cost of the assignment, per sub-project, is EUR 600,000.

Corporate Development Plan, Financial and Operational Performance Improvements Programme, Creditworthiness Enhancement Programme or similar type assignments, which may support operational and financial improvements, secure the sustainability of operations and improve the entities ability to attract and manage investment finance in the future. The estimated average cost of each assignment, per sub-project, is EUR 400,000.

Public Service Contracts: The development and introduction of PSCs between each company and respective Akimat to ensure the sustainable development of the partner companies in the long-term. The estimated average cost of the assignment, per sub-project, is EUR 50,000.


Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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Email: procurement@ebrd.com

General enquiries

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Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
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