KAZREF - OZhT Distribution Network Upgrade



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Approval date:

25 Apr 2019



PSD disclosed:

06 Nov 2018

Translated vesion of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

The provision of a senior loan of up to KZT 5 billion (equivalent to €12 million) to support the upgrade of a distribution network of LLP Ontustik Zharyk Transit (OZhT) - a subsidiary of the Bank's existing client Kazakhstan Utility Systems (KUS), a private power utility based in Kazakhstan.

Project Objectives

The project will support the development and modernisation of OZhT's distribution networks serving the South Kazakhstan region of the country. The proceeds of the loan will be used to cover the planned investment programme of OZhT aimed at improvements in energy efficiency, reliability, integration of renewable projects and reduction of losses.

Transition Impact

The project is in line with the Bank's Green Economy Transition (GET) initiative. The modernisation of OZhT's facilities will ultimately lead to improved stability and reliability of energy supply, the reduction of losses and increased potential of the system to support the integration of RES in the national distribution network.

Additionally, the project will have an inclusion angle through the provision of training to local youth and work with local colleges.

Client Information



KUS is a private, vertically integrated utility company established in 2008 with operations in three segments: electricity and heat generation, electricity and heat distribution and supply in Karaganda, South, East Kazakhstan and Mangistau regions. KUS is rated BB- by Fitch and has around 9,000 employees.

EBRD Finance Summary

KZT 5,000,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

KZT 34,542,800,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Category B. The financing of the investment programme of this regional distribution company aimed at modernisation of existing networks, new low-medium voltage lines construction and energy efficiency improvements (the "Project") is associated with environmental and social (E&S) issues that can be readily identified. The environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) will be carried out by an independent consultant and will focus on the review of corporate environment and safety management systems of the Borrower and E&S assessment of the investment plans related to the Project, with special attention to be paid to substations automation and modernisation and low-medium voltage distribution lines upgrades and repairs. The ESDD considers among other such issues as bird collision risks, location sensitivities, risks associated with asbestos and PCBs containing equipment disposal, occupational health and safety of works, and stakeholder engagement. The ESAP will be developed to address any identified issues via specific mitigation measures as required. The NTS and SEP will be prepared and published on the Company's website to facilitate information disclosure about the Project.

Technical Cooperation

The Bank will provide a TC assignment on a cost sharing basis with the client under the existing Green Economy Project Preparation and Implementation Framework. The assignment will review the existing investment programme, confirm appropriateness, perform cost/benefit analyses and make recommendations for improvements.

Company Contact Information

Sultan Akhanov
7F, 14/3, Kunayev Street, BC Nursaya, Astana, Kazakhstan 010000


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