Provision of a sovereign loan of up to EUR 250 million to the Arab Republic of Egypt to finance the upgrade and electrification of an existing rail line connecting downtown Alexandria and north-eastern town Abou Qir ("Abou Qir line") into a high capacity metro system (the "Project").
The EBRD loan will finance (i) infrastructure works for the upgrade and the electrification of the line, (ii) relevant rail systems, including the upgrade of signalling, telecommunications and centralised control systems, and (iii) rolling stock to be operated on the new metro system.
The Project is part of an overall investment package estimated at EUR 1.6 billion expected to be co-financed by the European Investment Bank, the Agence Francaise de Developpment and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
The Project will be implemented by the National Authority for Tunnels ("NAT"), a state-owned executive agency under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation. The line is expected to use the corridor of an existing railway line currently operated by the Egyptian National Railways ("ENR"), while the operation of the future metro line is intended to be awarded to an independent metro operator.
The Project is in line with the Bank's Strategy for Egypt, namely with its priorities to improve quality and sustainability of the Country's municipal infrastructure services through promoting private sector participation and commercialisation as well as green economy transition through financing the development of a greener high-capacity public transport.
The Project is a trigger investment under the EBRD's Green Cities Framework 2 ("GrCF2").
The GrCF2 represents a strategic and multi-project approach seeking to help identify and address environmental challenges in selected large cities in EBRD's countries of operation. The primary goal is to achieve significant environmental improvements and to promote the Green transition quality within the relevant cities. In addition to the environmental objective, the GrCF2 also promotes sustainable cities through inclusive, resilient, well-governed and smart urban development. These transition objectives are supported by the development and implementation of a city-specific Green City Action Plan ("GCAP") aiming to identify environmental challenges, facilitate better coordination and buy-in among stakeholders and help to prioritise and develop the best ways to address the environmental challenges through targeted investments, services and policy instruments.
The Project will help to promote the Green transition quality through upgrade and electrification of an existing rail line and, thereby, facilitate shift from individual to sustainable, accessible and inclusive modes of public transport and contribute to significant reduction in GHG and air pollution emissions. In addition, as a trigger investment for the GrCF2, the Project will support the Governorate of Alexandria to develop and implement a GCAP as well as to identify investment projects within the scope of Green Cities.
The Project will also support the Well-governed objective through the introduction of a long-term contract with an experienced metro operator following the Project completion, which will support private sector involvement in urban transport service provision, contribute to the commercialisation of the sector and is expected to a have strong demonstration effect.
The Borrower is the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the National Authority for Tunnels ("NAT") as the Implementing Agency.
EBRD Finance Summary
EBRD sovereign loan of EUR 250 million extended to the Arab Republic of Egypt, co-financed with other International Financial Institutions ("IFIs"), for the benefit of the National Authority for Tunnels ("NAT").
Total Project Cost
Key sources of additionality are financing structure, risk mitigation, as well as knowledge, innovation, and capacity building.
The EBRD stands ready to help the Client to move along a low carbon transition pathway. The EBRD will provide expertise, innovation, knowledge and capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the Project objectives.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised A (2014 ESP). The Project involves the upgrade and electrification of the 22km existing rail line connecting downtown Alexandria (Misr Station in the west) and the north-eastern town Abu Qir into the first high capacity metro system in this coastal city. This will result in a number of environmental and social (E&S) benefits, including: increased safety and reliability of the public rail service, removal of level-crossings and thus eliminating collision risks, jobs creation and reduced GHG emissions. The Project is expected to result in an average savings of 21,930 tonnes of CO2 per annum due to the modal shift of road vehicles and the diesel train to the electrified metro system. While the Project is expected to result in E&S benefits, it is significant linear infrastructure in an urban environment and its construction and operation has the potential to be associated with significant E&S impacts, including impacts related to physical and economic displacement. The Project has therefore been categorised A, requiring a comprehensive and participatory ESIA and disclosure thereof for 120 days. An ESIA disclosure package has been developed in accordance with the EBRD Performance Requirements (PRs) and other co-lender E&S standards and, following independent review, has been publically disclosed in English and Arabic in line with the Bank's Directive on Access to Information.
The EISA disclosure package includes the following:
- an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report (ESIA), including E&S Management Plans (ESMPs);
- a Non-Technical Summary (NTS);
- a Resettlement Framework (RF);
- a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP); and
- a draft E&S Action Plan (ESAP)
The alignment of the Project is within the current railway corridor, owned by ENR and it is anticipated that all construction works will take place on ENR's land, except for additional land needed for a depot and the new stations at Bab Sharq and Sporting. A ministerial decision was issued in 2020 transferring the ownership of land required to develop the Project to NAT, excluding the lands for Bab Sharq and Sporting stations as the final designs have not been developed yet and the exact locations are not yet finalised. The area required for the depot is owned by the AlNahass Company, where decommissioned copper factories are located. The transfer of ownership from AlNahass to NAT is based on a willing buyer i willing seller transaction.
The Project, as currently proposed, consists of an elevated viaduct from Toson to AlZahiria (13 elevated stations) and 8 at-grade stations from Abu Qir to Toson and from Kafr Abdou to Misr stations. The proposed design was suggested based on an effort to minimise to the extent possible physical and economical resettlement, while maintaining traffic flow and technical and cost considerations.
A Resettlement Framework (RF) and associated Guide to Land Acquisition and Compensation has been developed to inform mitigation, compensation and livelihood restoration measures in line with national law and lender requirements. Detailed compensation, assistance and livelihood restoration measures will be developed once the final design is completed and will be included in a detailed Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) that will be disclosed publicly, including on EBRD's website. The implementation of the RAP will be verified through internal and external monitoring activities and a RAP completion audit.
The Project will be fenced along its entire alignment and all crossings will pass either under or over the metro line, which provides significant mitigation of current community health and safety impacts. An occupational health and safety plan will be developed for the construction and operation phases.
Noise and vibration impacts have the potential to be significant in certain locations during construction and operation and will be managed in line with the national and international standards and with good practice mitigation measures such as noise barriers and restriction on working times, which is included in the Environmental and Social Management Plans ("ESMPs") and ESAP.
The Project does not cross, and is not close to any key biodiversity areas or areas with ecological value. Asbestos has been found in the proposed ElNahass depot land, and measures to adequately manage and dispose of asbestos containing material have been added to the ESAP.
As Alexandria is an ancient and culturally-rich city, the potential for archaeological findings is high during excavation works along the existing line to erect the viaducts. The Ministry of Antiquities has already been consulted and further coordination will take place prior to Project mobilisation. A chance find procedure and training of personnel will be undertaken prior to construction commencing.
A set of ESMPs have been prepared including mitigation measures and roles and responsibilities between NAT, its contractors and the line operator. The ESMPs also establish a defined process for managing any Project changes during the detailed design. The EPC Contractor will further detail the ESMPs to implement the mitigation measures identified as part of ESIA in line with lender requirements. NAT and any project contractors are required to manage potential impacts to workers and communities through the development of a number of policies and procedures that include code of conduct, child and forced labour, Gender Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH), wages and benefits, occupational and community health and safety, etc. The Project will establish and implement an internal grievance mechanism in line with the Bank requirements.
A draft ESAP has been developed and agreed with NAT and will be finalised following the ESIA disclosure period. The Project will be monitored regularly by independent E&S consultants to ensure compliance with the ESAP and lender requirements, while the final design and construction will be reviewed by an independent technical consultant to verify compliance with the required environmental, safety and technical standards.
A SEP has been prepared defining stakeholder engagement and information disclosure activities during the Project lifecycle, including during ESIA disclosure. The SEP will be updated as required as the Project progresses. A Project grievance mechanism has been established for external stakeholders, including the public, to raise concerns, comments and questions about Project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC 1: Lender Supervisory Services to monitor and report on the effective implementation and completion of the Project. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 600,000, proposed to be financed by an international donor or the EBRD's Special Shareholder Fund (SSF).
TC 2: Preparation and Award of Operational Contract for the New Metro System to support NAT in the introduction of a long-term maintenance and operational contract with an experienced metro operator. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 300,000, proposed to be financed by an international donor or the SSF.
TC 3: Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP") Implementation Support to assist NAT in developing and improving its Environmental, Health and Safety performance to meet the Bank's Environmental and Social Policy as well as the ESAP requirements. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 300,000, proposed to be financed by an international donor or the SSF.
TC 4: Green City Action Plan ("GCAP") to support the Governorate of Alexandria to identify and prioritise its most pressing environmental challenges and develop a plan for investments to pursue the green agenda. The estimated cost of the assignment is up to EUR 350,000, proposed to be financed by Austria - EBRD City REgenerATion and Environment (CREATE) Fund Programme Account.
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PSD last updated
29 Jul 2021
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