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GrCF: Minsk VK



Project number:


Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:


ESIA disclosed:

13 Apr 2018



Approval date:

31 Oct 2018

Project description

A Sovereign guaranteed loan of up to EUR 84 million to Minsk Vodokanal (“MVK” or “Company”), a municipal enterprise wholly owned by the City of Minsk (the “City”), to finance a Priority Investment Programme (“PIP”) for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Minsk wastewater facilities (“Project”). The proposed EBRD loan is expected to have several tranches and would be co-financed in equal amount by the European Investment Bank (“EIB”). The total project costs are estimated at EUR 168 million.

The loan will be used to co-finance:

(i) reconstruction of Minsk WWTP to eliminate odour, optimise use of the existing facilities and enhance wastewater treatment efficiency of the plant in line with national and EU requirements, and

(ii) construction of sludge treatment facilities (including digestion, dewatering, drying and incineration) in line with EU BAT on the premises of the WWTP.

Once implemented, the Project will lead to:

(i) EU-compliant treatment of the entire flow of wastewater

(ii) a reduced level of odour

(iii) an EU-compliant solution for sludge management and disposal.

The Project is expected to substantially contribute to the reduction of pollution in downstream river Svisloch, and subsequently Dnieper River and the Black Sea basin.

The project is part of the Green Cities Framework (GrCF) that is a strategic and multi-project approach targeting environmental issues in selected cities in EBRD countries of operation. The primary goal is to achieve significant environmental improvements and promote the green transition quality in the city. The GrCF also aims to build necessary capacity and facilitate better coordination and buy-in among various stakeholders within the relevant cities in order improve the governance, operational efficiency and financial sustainability of the targeted investments and initiatives. These objectives will also be supported by the development and implementation of a city-specific Green City Action Plan (GCAP).

There is a Project Summary Document available for this project.

ESIA disclosure package

EIA/OVOS: Environmental Impact Assessment: Russian | Appendices: A-E, J-M
Supplementary ESIA: English,  Appendix BAppendices C | Russian,  Appendix BAppendices C
Non technical summary: EnglishRussian
Stakeholder Engagement Plan: EnglishRussian
Environmental and Social Action Plan: EnglishRussian

Full ESIA availability

Full ESIA documentation is available locally at:

Client website

DocumentsRussian | English

UE ‘Minskvodokanal’
Address: 15 Pulikhova street, 220088 Minsk, Belarus
Phone: +375 17 389 40 20


EBRD Resident Office in Minsk, Belarus
70 Myasnikova Street, Room 522
220030 Minsk
Tel: +375 17 308 39 00


EBRD website


General/Environmental and social enquiries

UE ‘Minskvodokanal’
Contact name: Zaitseva Olga Mihailovna, Head of Department of Environment and Development
Address: 15 Pulikhova street, 220088 Minsk, Belarus
Phone: +375 17 327 64 02

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

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