RLF - Moldova Gas Security Supply

Location:

Moldova

Project number:

53417

Business sector:

Natural resources

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

C

Approval date:

22 Jun 2022

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

24 Jun 2022

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

Provision of a three-year revolving loan of up to EUR 300 million to the Republic of Moldova under the Resilience and Livelihoods Framework to be on-lent to Energocom to finance emergency gas supply and strategic reserve build up in order to facilitate diversification of gas supply.

The Facility includes two tranches: (i) up to EUR 200 million Emergency Tranche, which will be used in case of gas supply disruption, and (ii) up to EUR 100 million Diversification and Storage Tranche, which will be used to accumulate and store Moldova's strategic gas reserve in Romania or Ukraine, which will also allow to avoid seasonal price spikes and diversify supply routes and sources.

Project Objectives

The Project's main objective is to strengthen Moldova's energy security by providing both an emergency and long-term financing mechanisms to mitigate the risk of disruption and maintain access to vital energy services, accumulate strategic gas reserve and support diversification of natural gas suppliers and delivery routes. This is essential to safeguard basic needs and economic livelihoods of the local population as well as refugees from Ukraine. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

The Project will support the Resilient and Inclusive TI qualities:

Resilient Transition Quality by providing financing to improve energy security, creating strategic gas reserve while at the same time diversifying gas supply routes and sources; and continuing sector reforms as part of the Energy Sector Reform Action Plan developed in parallel to the facility which includes the corporate governance improvement programme for Energocom, which inter alia includes increasing transparency and standardisation of procurement practices.

Inclusive Transition Quality by providing an emergency facility to prevent gas supply disruptions and maintain a reliable supply of vital energy services in advance of the main heating season for both the Moldovan population and Ukrainian refugees, predominantly women, children and elderly. In addition, the Project will support human capital development by providing training to local workers to build a selected gas procurement team at Energocom.

Client Information

MOLDOVA SOVEREIGN

Energocom is a 100% state-owned enterprise established by the Government of Moldova in 2005 as an electricity importer and domestic electricity supplier. In October 2021, the government appointed Energocom to act as an alternative gas supplier helping reduce Moldova's reliance on one supplier (Gazprom) by procuring gas on EU hubs.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 300,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 300,000,000.00

Additionality

Sources of additionality under the Project are (i) Financing Structure, which effectively bridges a financing gap due to adverse market conditions; (ii) Policy, sector, institutional and regulatory change aimed to enhance the practices at the sector and country level; and (iii) Standard-setting aimed to improve Energocom's procurement standards and corporate governance. 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised C (ESP 2019).

The proposed transaction involves a loan to the Government of Moldova, which will be on-lent to Energocom, who will buy gas from EU suppliers and sell it to off-taker. Energocom owns no gas storage or transportation assets, while key environmental risks on this transaction are associated with the physical infrastructure owned by others in Moldova and Romania. Therefore, given the structure of the transaction (gas purchase), there will be limited leverage over the gas infrastructure that will be utilized for supply of gas to and within Moldova. However, the Bank has an existing relation with VestMoldTransgaz, the company that owns and operates the Moldova-Romania Interconnector that could be used to transport gas to Moldova. The VestMoldTransgaz has an obligation to comply with and implement EBRD's Performance Requirements. Compliance with the EBRD Performance Requirements has been monitored under the existing loan and results of the monitoring show good performance.  This monitoring will be continued in 2022.  In terms of Paris Alignment, the Project is considered aligned in terms of mitigation. Further assessment in terms of adaptation is not feasible given that no data on location of final physical gas transportation infrastructure, owned and operated by third parties, can be obtained. However, it can be safely assumed that robust surveys aimed at confirming physical risks such as landslides, flood-prone areas and other natural hazards were conducted prior to construction of the gas transport infrastructure, in order to safeguard its mechanical integrity. 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Vladimir Sadovoi, Acting General Director
office@energocom.md
+373( 22) 214133, +373 (22) 223 868
https://energocom.md
78, Vasile Alecsandri street, MD-2012, Chisinau, Moldova

PSD last updated

18 Jul 2022

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