GrCF2 W2 E2 - Samarkand E-Bus Project

Location:

Uzbekistan

Project number:

52947

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

25 Jan 2023

Status:

Passed Concept Review, Pending Final Review

PSD disclosed:

12 Jul 2022

Project Description

The provision of a sovereign loan of up to US$ 95 million to the Republic of Uzbekistan for the acquisition of electric buses ("e-buses") and associated infrastructure (including charging stations and depots) for the city of Samarkand (the project). The project will serve as a 'trigger' investment under the EBRD Green Cities, formally initiating the participation of the city of Samarkand in the programme. Through the project, the city will commit to develop a Green City Action Plan (GCAP)

Project Objectives

The Project will address critical demand in the new e-buses to establish a reliable public transportation service in Samarkand and ensure its sustainable operations. The shift to electric mobility will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate tail pipe air pollutant emissions.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 70

The Project supports Green quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the Well-governed quality through signing of a public service contract (PSC).

Client Information

UZBEKISTAN SOVEREIGN

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 95,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 109,250,000.00

Additionality

The EBRD offers a tenor and/or a grace period above the market average, which is necessary to structure the project. The EBRD investment is needed to close the funding gap. At the same time, the EBRD does not crowd out other sources, such as from IFIs, government, commercial banks and/or complements them.

The Bank will support the client in achieving higher standards through its conditionalities (e.g. Procurement Policies and Rules, ESAP).

The EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the client.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP) and Low-Medium Risk. Key E&S impacts / risks include occupational and public health & safety, management of existing maintenance / workshops and refueling stations including the potential for land contamination, hazardous materials management, road safety performance and human resources. Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) is underway and is in line with the ESD ESDD response to COVID-19. It is carried out by an independent consultant together with technical and financial due diligence.  ESDD will focus on the key E&S risks and additionally, on accessibility, affordability, GBVH and safety of vulnerable groups, exposed to public transport along with stakeholder engagement and current grievance mechanisms. Opportunities related to addressing gender, inclusion will also be explored. Covid-19 arrangements and compliance with national requirements will also be confirmed and good practice pandemic resilience measures will be proposed. Post-signing TC support may be necessary for ESAP implementation and capacity support.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC 1: Technical, procurement and financial due diligence to include: (i) technical feasibility of bus fleet and related facilities (depot location and availability of land and utilities connections) including e-bus market and technology assessment; (ii) project scoping, costing and investment plan, based on demand and operational study; (iii) calculation of emissions benefits and economic internal rate of return; (iv) environmental and social (including gender) due diligence, including an affordability analysis; (v) institutional, regulatory structure for bus operations, including operating contract, or PSC, (vi)  bus operational structure and maintenance arrangements, (vii)  preparation of technical specification for fleet and concept design for depots and charging stations and technical support during procurement. 
TC 2: Advance procurement of fleet to include: (i) preparation of the tender documents based on the specification prepared under TC1 (ii) assistance through tender processes, (iii) preparation of the tender evaluation report, (iv) assistance with contracts' signing.
TC 3: Advance procurement of e-bus infrastructure to include: (i) preparation of the tender documents based on the specification prepared under TC1 (ii) assistance through tender processes, (iii) preparation of the tender evaluation report, (iv) assistance with contracts' signing.
TC 4: Institutional and Capacity Building support for the City and to-be-established bus company to (i) support establishing the Company; (ii) support all necessary processes, procedures and routines for service planning, organisation and monitoring of operations, maintenance and repairs of the fleet and fare revenue collection and enforcement; (iii) prepare detailed service plan including timetables and drivers schedules; (iv) develop and assist with tendering, negotiations and signing of the PSC; (v) provide support for capacity building of Oblast administration for implementation of PSC; (vi) provide support for communication strategy, marketing and graphics and (vii) support reception of bus fleets and facilities (depot) and initiation of bus services. 
TC 5:  Green City Action Plan ("GCAP") covers the development of a GCAP for the City in order to prioritise investments, capacity building and policy objectives in support of the green agenda. The GCAP methodology includes inclusion and gender considerations.
TC 6: Pre-shipment inspection of buses to include: pre-shipment inspections of the buses at the manufacturer's premises. 

Company Contact Information

Nurmukhammad Khoshimov
khoshimov.n@samarkand.uz
+998 90 251 48 72
www.samakrand.uz

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

12 Jul 2022

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