Gvozd Windfarm

Location:

Montenegro

Project number:

50427

Business sector:

Energy

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

30 Nov 2022

Status:

Concept Reviewed

PSD disclosed:

10 Jun 2022

Project Description

Up to EUR 82 million A/B Loan to Elektroprivreda Crne Gore AD Niksic ("EPCG"), the Montenegrin national power utility, for the purpose of financing the development, construction and operation of a 54.6 MW wind power plant located near village Gvozd, municipality of Niksic, Montenegro (the "Project").

Project Objectives

The Project will result in the addition of 54.6 MW renewable energy generation capacity to the country, which is expected to produce approximately 150 GWh of renewable energy per year. The construction of new renewable energy generation capacity in Montenegro is fundamental to the country's plans regarding the diversification of electricity generation to substitute its legacy thermal coal assets, which currently provide almost half of Montenegro's domestic electricity generation.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The operation will be 100% GET compliant. Increased renewable energy generation capacity and production will deliver CO2 emission savings of approximately 109,129 tonnes annually (to be confirmed during due diligence).

Client Information

ELEKTROPRIVREDA CRNE GORE AD NIKSIC

Elektroprivreda Crne Gore AD Niksic ("EPCG"). EPCG is the largest electricity utility company in Montenegro and generates c. 95% of national electricity output. EPCG produces the bulk of its energy from three power plants, consisting of the 225 MW lignite-fired plant Pljevlja, the 307 MW Perucica hydro power plant, and the 342 MW Piva hydro power plant. EPCG also operates several small hydropower plants with a total capacity of 9 MW; the Sponsor is also the 100% owner and operator of the Montenegrin distribution company CEDIS (also client of EBRD), and it supplies 370,000 consumers with electricity. 

EBRD Finance Summary

A/B loan up to EUR 82 million.

Additionality

Additionality on this Project stems from the terms (longer loan tenor than is generally available in Montenegro), resource mobilisation (additional commercial funding through A/B loan or parallel loan), and conditionalities (implementation of ESAP, procurement in accordance with the EBRD's Procurement Policies and Rules).

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The Project is in the near vicinity of an operational Bank financed Category B Project (DTM 44546) in Montenegro and is being developed in partnership with the same developer. Both the existing and the new project will share a substation. Based on a review of project documentation and the national EIA, the Project has been categorised B. Previous experiences with the Client has shown a robust capacity to manage projects in line with EBRD's PRs and international best practice. The Project is currently subject to local environmental impact assessment (EIA) with associated public consultation and public disclosure in accordance with local/national legal and permitting requirements. The EIA has been already approved by the local authorities. Although not required by local legislation, social impact assessment has been conducted by reputable consultant.

As per the national EIA Report, the capacity of the Project and the small number of turbines means that environmental impacts are likely to site-specific and readily addressed through mitigation measures and E&S management provisions. The area of "Gvozd" is situated within the undeveloped part of the Municipality of Niksic and does not belong to the areas protected by regulations on natural or cultural heritage. Environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) is currently undertaken by independent consultants that will assess the project impacts and risks related to: Impacts on habitats and biodiversity, land acquisition and easement rights versus EBRD PR5 requirements, occupational health and safety, visual impact and noise, stakeholder engagement, site access during operations and labour management provisions. The Company is currently developing an NTS and SEP, which will be based on the environmental and social assessments carried out for the project. Based on the ESDD, an Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP") which has been updated on May 10th, 2022,will be checked, revised and will be upgraded and agreed with the Company before Board. The Bank will monitor the project on yearly basis through annual Environmental and Social Reports (AESR). This PSD will be updated once ESDD is complete and the NTS and SEP will be attached.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A

Company Contact Information

Mr. Miro Vracar, dipl.ecc (CFO)
miro.vracar@epcg.com
+382 40 204-160
www.epcg.com
EPCG AD Niksic / Montenegrin Electric Enterprise AD, Vuka Karadzica 2, Niksic Montenegro

PSD last updated

10 Jun 2022

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