Project number:


Business sector:

Natural resources

Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

21 Oct 2009



PSD disclosed:

19 Aug 2009

Project Description

The EBRD is considering providing financing of up to USD 120 million to Azmeco to allow for the purchase, construction and operation of an approx. 561,000 tonne p.a Methanol Plant including the possibility of a CO2 Capture Unit. AzMeCo intends to include urea and ammonia production in future development phases

Transition Impact

i) introduce new and proven technology to Azerbaijan with respect to the construction and operations of the methanol plant,
ii) setting standards of corporate governance, transparency and environmental conduct:

The Client

Azerbaijan Methanol Company (“AzMeCo”or “the Company”) is a limited liability company created specifically to own and operate the plant.

EBRD Finance

Up to USD 120 million financing with 2 separated tranches:

  • a USD 90 million senior loan up to 9 years;
  • a USD 30 million Senior Performance-Linked Financing fully re-paid in year 10.

Project Cost

Over USD300 million.

Environmental Impact

Screening category

The potential environmental and social impacts of the project are site specific and can be readily addressed through mitigation measures. Therefore, the project has been screened B/1 in accordance with the EBRD Environmental Policy (2003).

Environmental and social issues

An Environmental Analysis of the proposed project and an Environmental Audit of the existing facilities were carried out by independent consultants in 2008.

One of the results of the audit was that the soil and groundwater at the project site was found to be contaminated with arsenic. The Company promptly put in place the necessary actions proposed by the Consultants to improve the environmental and safety conditions during the ongoing construction activities (personnel protective equipment, handling and disposal of contaminated soils, wastes, etc.). Other areas that were identified as needing attention were air emissions, waste management, community interaction, and emergency preparedness and response. Mitigation measures have been agreed for those issues.

The results of the due diligence indicates that the plant was designed to operate to international standards, and therefore operation of this plant with the provisions of the EAP will ensure that the project complies with National and pertinent EU environmental standards. The Bank has reviewed the potential for an accident or emergency situation, and, the company will complete a series of studies and plans (including development of emergency response plans, HAZOP studies, monitoring plans, etc.) to minimise these risks to the extent possible. The Bank will review these studies when completed.

Summary of Environmental and Social Action Plan

An Environmental Action Plan (EAP) has been developed as part of the due diligence process. The main items addressed in the EAP can be summarized as follows:

  • The EAP requires an EHS Policy and an EHS Management Plan to be developed and implemented prior to start of works. The Policy and Management Plan has already been developed and started to be implemented
  • A comprehensive waste management plan and hazardous material handling procedures will be developed and implemented to improve waste management and hazardous material handling activities at the site, covering both the construction and operations phase of the project.
  • There are several processes included in the project that have the potential to result in emissions to atmosphere. The EAP includes actions to limit these emissions including the use of vapour recovery units. Dust suppression during construction is also addressed in the EAP.
  • An Environmental Monitoring Plan, schedules and processes will be developed and implemented as required by the Environmental Audit and Analysis Report.
  • Detailed environmental mitigation plan will be developed in accordance with the general direction given in the environmental due diligence reports and IFC Guidelines;
  • A comprehensive training programme for the EHS management staff will be developed.
  • The company has not completed any community interaction to date since this is not required by national law. The EAP includes provisions providing information to the local population.
  • There are several elements of emergency planning that require improvements and actions, including spill prevention program, environmental response for chemical release, chemical hazard planning and leak detection and repair, fire and explosion prevention and major accident prevention planning in accordance with the requirements in the EU Major Accidents Hazard Directive. The EAP includes the list of actions required for each of these items and the client has agreed that these will be completed before plant start up.

The Environmental Review Summary has been placed at the following locations accessible to public:

  • AzMeCo Head Office, 28 May kuc., 5 Baku Azerbaijan
  • AzMeco Construction Site, Garadagh District, Salyan Highway Baku Azerbaijan
  • AzTurkGas LTD gas plant, Garadagh District, Salyan Highway Baku Azerbaijan
  • The Baku Weighting Materials OJSC plant, Garadagh District, Salyan Highway Baku Azerbaijan
  • Garadagh Executive Authority
  • Company’s website at


Technical Cooperation


Company Contact

Sertaç Yener, CFO, AzMeCo
Tel: +994 125983540

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