The EBRD is considering the provision of a senior loan of up to EUR 13 million to the Public Utility Company Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage (the "Company" or "BVK"), to finance the refurbishment of the Jezero Water Treatment Plant ("WTP"), which forms part of the Belgrade's main water treatment complex "Makis", comprised of Makis 1, Makis 2, and Jezero WTPs (the "Project"). In addition, the Project involves construction of facilities for the collection and treatment of waste and process waters and sludge treatment to be financed with a Western Balkans Investment Framework ("WBIF") investment grant of EUR 2.9 million, approved in December 2017.
The Project forms part of the Bank's engagement with the City under EBRD Green Cities, and is the second follow-on Green Cities investment with the City of Belgrade with the Project falling under the Green Cities Framework 2 - Window II ("GrCF2 W2").
The Project is expected to provide substantial environmental and public health benefits by improving accessibility to high quality drinking water and upgrading water supply infrastructure in line with the EU Directives. The refurbishment will also improve the energy efficiency of water treatment at the facilities.
The Project will address priority environmental challenges of climate mitigation and water quality, identified by the City's Green City Action Plan (the "GCAP"), which was duly approved by Belgrade's City Assembly in June 2021.
ETI score: 70
The Project contributes to the "green" transition impact quality (primary quality) through environmental benefits arising from the substantial reduction in the amount of harmful wastewater and chemicals being leaked into water systems near Belgrade. The Project is the second follow-on investment following the approval of the Belgrade GCAP in June 2021.
The Project also contributes to the "competitive" transition impact quality (secondary quality) by supporting a leak detection technical cooperation. Through the use of inovative satellite technology, leaks will be identified and addressed by the Company, contributing to savings and the long-term competitiveness of the Company.
WATER AND SEWAGE COMPANY OF THE CITY OF BELGRADE
Public Utility Company Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage
("Beogradski vodovod i kanalizacija" - BVK)
Kneza Milosa 27
EBRD Finance Summary
A loan to the Company of up to EUR 13 million.
Total Project Cost
Total capex is estimated at EUR 15.9 million and will be financed as follows:
- EBRD Loan up to EUR 13 million
- WBIF Grant EUR 2.9 million
EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, e.g. a longer grace period. Such financing is necessary to structure the project.
EBRD offers a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the project.
EBRD helps the client to mitigate physical transition risks and take climate action, such as to identify and manage physical climate risks and build resilience to them.
Knowledge, innovation, and capacity building:
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.
The Project contributes to encouraging women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs, by supporting the Company's collaboration with schools and universities to enhance internship and enrolment opportunities for women.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP).
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The Project will provide substantial environmental and health benefits for the City of Belgrade by strengthening the accessibility to high quality drinking water supply in accordance with the EU standards. The Environmental and Social Due Diligence ("ESDD") has been undertaken by independent consultants and included a gap assessment following previous studies for Belgrade Water, additional GET assessment and climate change risks review, and preparation of Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP"), stakeholder engagement plan ("SEP") and non-technical summary ("NTS"). The ESDD reviewed an Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") which had been prepared for the wider project (Extension of Drinking Water Treatment Plant Makis) in 2005, subsequent assessments carried out in 2014 and 2016 for the refurbishment of Jezero WTP. ESDD concluded that the Phase 2 project would result in significant environmental and social benefits, and that any adverse impacts would not be significant and would be limited mainly to the construction period, and that these can be effectively mitigated by adhering to good Environmental Health Safety ("EHS") construction practices. An Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP") has been developed to ensure full alignment of the Project with EBRD's Performance Requirements ("PRs") and will be agreed with the client prior to signing.
ESDD has not identified any significant or insurmountable issues in terms of compliance with national, EU and EBRD requirements which cannot be readily mitigated using standard mitigation measures. The Project Implementation Plan ("PIP") components will not affect any sensitive or designated nature conservation areas. The Project will not involve any involuntary resettlement or displacement.
To date the Company has provided annual environmental and social ("E&S") reports that show overall compliance with E&S requirements and good progress with the implementation of the previous ESAP commitments. The Company has good capacity to implement EBRD PRs. The Company has completed certification for its internal Integrated Management System (IMS) that also covers environmental and occupational health and safety management in line with ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 respectively, Information Security Management System in lined with ISO 27001, HACCP management system and is currently in the process of introducing Energy Management System in line with ISO 50001.
The Company will need to make sure the contractors carry out local EIA, if confirmed to be required by the authorities, and obtain the necessary permits prior to commencement of works on the Project. The Company will also require contractors to prepare and implement a Project-specific Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan ("CESMP") in line with ESAP requirements and share copies of these plans with the Bank. The Tender Documents and the construction contract will meet the EBRD Standard Tender Document requirements and include relevant E&S requirements in line with the ESAP.
The project is Paris aligned for mitigation due to being on the joint MDB list. ESDD has also confirmed that while potential adaptation risks exist in relation to extreme heat, drought and flooding, the Project activities and facilities are aligned with climate resilient development and do not undermine it in operating context. ESDD has also confirmed that the Company's facilities are being protected from high water levels with an embankment and appropriate planning of a flood zone on the right bank of the watercourse. The riverbed and hinterland of the Sava River have been regulated by the construction of earth embankments for flood protection, as well as a wide inundation belt.
The Company will implement the corrective ESAP, and the Bank will continue to monitor the project through review of Annual Environmental and Social Reports ("AESR") and site visits as required.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
- TC1: Project implementation support to include assistance to the PIU covering preparation of tender documents, procurement and construction supervision;
- TC2: Updated Technical and Environmental and Social due diligence;
- TC3: Water leak detection using satellite leak detection for improved operational and financial performance.
- WBIF Investment grant for the construction of facilities at the Makis water treatment complex (EUR 2.9 million)
Company Contact Information
Kneza Milosa 27 11000 Belgrade Republic of Serbia
PSD last updated
26 Jul 2022
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