Purpose of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
The Project covers the construction and financing of the central section of the Western High Speed Diameter Road (WHSD), as well as the future operation and maintenance of the entire road, including the Northern and Southern sections built by OAO WHSD/the City of St. Petersburg, under a 30 year concession which was awarded to the Northern Capital Highway Consortium after an open and competitive tender.
The completion of the WHSD is expected to relieve the transport congestion problems in St Petersburg through:
- linking the City’s commercial port to the Ring Road;
- providing transport links between southern, western and northern parts of the city that by-pass the historic centre;
- reducing the traffic and other man-caused impact on streets, bridges, culture and architectural monuments of the city centre.
The Project is classified as a public sector project and the EBRD Public Information Policy would require the period of disclosure of 120 days from the date of publication which was 14 October 2011 prior to EBRD Board consideration. However, for commercial reasons derogation from the EBRD Public Information Policy is sought from EBRD’s Board to allow for the Project to be presented to the Board for consideration on 13 December 2011 following a 60 day disclosure period.
Further public consultation activities, including open houses and focused meetings with key stakeholder groups will be organised to discuss the findings of the ESIA and proposed mitigation measures during the disclosure period. Exact dates and venues will be announced well ahead of events.
Full ESIA availability
Full ESIA documentation is available locally at:
EBRD Headquarters in London, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full ESIA documentation is available locally in Saint Petersburg at:
EBRD Resident Office
Nevsky Prospekt, 25 – 3rd Floor
Tel: (812) 703 55 25
OOO "Northern Capital Highway"
"Магистраль Северной Столицы"
Nevskiy prospekt, dom 55, litera A
Business Center "Regus"
tel: (812) 346 78 78
Full ESIA documentation is available electronically in both Russian and English languages.
Tel: (812) 273 28 49
This document was prepared at an early stage of project development, before consideration by the EBRD Board of Directors. Details of a project may change following disclosure.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and ESIA summaries are produced by project sponsors, and the EBRD makes them available without any comment or implied endorsement. Any views expressed or statements made in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or the ESIA Summary do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the EBRD.
Last updated 25 June 2014