DFF - Gemza Group II

Location:

Azerbaijan

Project number:

53746

Business sector:

Manufacturing and Services

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

22 Nov 2022

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

29 Nov 2022

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

A senior secured loan of up to EUR 5.6 million to Gemza Group LLC for the construction of three modern warehouses.

Project Objectives

The Project will help the Company to expand operations in a new business direction and diversify its revenues.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

The DFF SME framework primarily targets the "Competitive" quality by helping SMEs to restructure and become more efficient or professional. Sub-projects can target any of the other transition qualities as a secondary objective. The Project supports framework objectives by supporting an SME in the areas of "Competitive" and "Green".

Client Information

GEMZA GROUP LLC

Gemza Group supplies rotating equipment (pumps and valves), manufactures spare parts and provides repair, maintenance and overhaul services in Azerbaijan, some of the Central Asian countries, UAE and Türkiye. The proposed transaction will be the Bank's second engagement with the Borrower. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 5,600,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 19,105,201.32

Additionality

Additionality stems from the tenor and repayment structure of the proposed loan, which is necessary to undertake the Project. Local banks mostly provide shorter tenor loans with restrictive repayment schedules. The Client also makes use of the EBRD's expertise in energy and resource efficiency to achieve the EDGE certification.  

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019). The Company is an existing client of the EBRD. Gemza Group has environmental and health and safety management systems in place benchmarked to ISO standards. The construction of the pre-fabricated warehouses is taking place at the existing land plot previously acquired by the Company in an existing industrial zone. The proposed construction activities do not require an EIA and are regulated by the national construction permit, which specifies all required health and safety and environmental measures that need to be implemented during the construction. The construction site is connected to the storm water and waste water collection facilities. Required fire response equipment and preparedness arrangements are in place. As part of the warehouse construction the Company plans to install small solar panels. The Company shall ensure that the supplier and manufacturer of the solar panel is on the approved GTS list. 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Post-singing technical cooperation to identify resource and energy efficiency opportunities to be financed under FINTECC EU4Climate Programme funded by EU NIP.

Company Contact Information

Tahir Aliyev
info@gemza.az
+994123770200
www.gemza.az
Bashir Bunyadov, 3L, Baku, Sabuncu AZ1040, AZ, Baku/Azerbaijan

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

29 Nov 2022

Understanding Transition

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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