Regional Bridges and M3 Road Rehabilitation

Location:

Belarus

Project number:

51090

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

A

Target board date:

13 Nov 2019

Status:

Concept Reviewed

PSD disclosed:

10 Sep 2019

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

Provision of a € 240 million sovereign loan, in two tranches, to the Republic of Belarus to co-finance the reconstruction and modernisation of 12 regional bridges and M3 Minsk-Vitebsk road section on North-South Corridor (Project).

The identified 12 bridges are in dilapidated conditions, which require an immediate rehabilitation to avoid bridges closure. The completion of the M3 (Minsk-Vitebsk section) rehabilitation is a priority for the Government and is part of a comprehensive road rehabilitation programme on main corridors, which continues to focus on Belarus's transit potential.

Project Objectives

The Project will support Belarus' economic development and bring operational efficiency from improved regional infrastructure through reconstruction of bridges and will facilitate transportation efficiency on the North-South corridor.

Transition Impact

The Project will support economic development and regional integration in Belarus by enhancing connectivity along the key transport and trade corridors linking neighbouring countries (connecting Russian Federation, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine). The Project will target institutional and governance improvements in the Belarus road sector, with a focus on road safety. The Project will also involve a strategic road network risk assessment to identify high risk areas with a supporting mitigation investment programme to be developed, undertaken and managed with the involvement of newly trained road safety engineers.

Client Information

BELARUS SOVEREIGN

The loan will be for the benefit of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which has overall responsibility for the road sector and will be responsible for the implementation of the Project.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 240,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 375,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Tranche 1 (the reconstruction and modernisation of 12 regional bridges) of the proposed project is categorised B and Tranche 2 (reconstruction and modernisation of M3 Minsk-Vitebsk road section) is categorised A in accordance with the 2014 EBRD Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy.

The environmental and social due diligence for Tranche 1, which is ongoing, includes an independent third party environmental and social audit to assess the Client's management capacity and systems to manage environment, health, safety and labour issues in its operations and an analysis of the potential (future) E&S impacts and benefits. It will also assess the Client's ability to carry out the Project in compliance with the Bank's Performance Requirements. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared for Tranche 1, and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan will be developed that will include a grievance mechanism and information on environmental and social performance and a summary of the agreed Action Plan will be released to stakeholders.

This PSD will be updated when the due diligence for Tranche 1 is completed.

Tranche 2 is subject to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") against the Bank's PRs which will be done separately, and the Tranche 2 commitment is subject to the Bank's approval. The ESIA Disclosure Package will be disclosed for a minimum of 120 days.

Technical Cooperation

The following EBRD-funded Technical Co-operation assignments are envisaged as part of this Project:

  • Pre-signing: Environment and social due diligence support.
  • Post-signing: Reform implementation assistance.

Company Contact Information

Mr Sergey A. Leonchik
Leonchik.S@mintrans.gov.by
+375 17 359 81 53
www.mintrans.gov.by
Head of road development department (GUAD), Ministry of Transport and Communications of the
Republic of Belarus, 220029, Minsk, Chicherina, 21

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