Galnaftogaz Loan IV

Location:

Ukraine

Project number:

51838

Business sector:

Natural resources

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

10 Jun 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

06 May 2020

Project Description

The provision of a senior loan of up to US$ 35 milion to finance 2020-2022 capital expenditure and working capital needs of JSC "Concern Galnaftogaz" ("GNG" or the "Company"), an independent distributor of transportation fuels based in Ukraine.

Project Objectives

The Project will focus on the following objectves: (i) working capital to develop GNG's Farmer Supply Programme; (ii) improvements in GNG's logistics infrastructure; and (iii) capital expenditure for GNG's fuel stations network, including the installation of electric vehicles charging stations

Transition Impact

ETI score: 62

Competitive: As a result of the Project, the Company aims to expand its Farmer Supply Programme which will provide highly innovative pre-financing and supply of raw materials (fuels, natural gas and fertilisers) to the farmers in Ukraine by using crop receipts as a collateral. Moreover, the Company aims to introduce a number of fast electric vehicle charging stations supporting e-mobility in the cities and between the cities. 

Green: The Company is committed to continuous improvement in energy and resource efficiency of its operations. The investment programme will involve installation of electric vehicle charging stations, fuel stations and tank storages renovation. 

Client Information

CONCERN GALNAFTOGAS JSC

GNG is Ukraine's largest company in retail distribution of transportation fuels in terms of sales volume and third largest by the number of filling stations. As of December 2019, the Company owned and operated 357 OKKO-branded filling stations.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 35,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 135,000,000.00

Additionality

Financing structure: (i) the EBRD offers a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the project; (ii) the EBRD offers a large volume instrument that fills a market funding gap and is required to structure the project.

Risk mitigation: (i) the EBRD's long-term relationship with a client provides comfort to the client to be willing to take on more risk and finance, enabling outcomes such as innovation; (ii) the EBRD provides comfort to clients and investors by mitigating non-financial risks, such as country, regulatory, project, economic cycle, or political risks.

Environmental and Social Summary

Category B (2019 ESP).  Due diligence on this Project was carried out utilising the Bank's approach to the COVID-19 situation, and involved a number of different elements.  A review of due diligence results from previous Projects; a review of the Annual Environmental and Social Reports submitted by the client for the Bank's review; a review of the potential investment plans that the Company has developed; a series of remote conferences with the client investment and EHSS Management team; and follow-up Q&A on specific issues were all used to carry out the EHSS due diligence.  The Bank has a long relationship with the client who, over time, has developed and maintained internal capacity to operate the company to the standards contained in the Bank's Performance Requirements (PRs).  Due diligence confirmed that this situation in regards of capacity and capabilities remains in place.  The proposed use of proceeds of the Bank's funding covers a number of different capital expenditures and corporate acquisition tasks and each were reviewed during due diligence and were found to be generally in compliance with the Ukrainian and the EU regulations and capable of being structured to meet the PRs.  An Environmental and Social Action Pan has been drafted and will be agreed with the client to confirm compliance with the PRs in relation to the standard of construction pertaining to tank storage safety and containment, risk assessment of facility location and design, community relations and stakeholder engagement, and contractor management.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None

Company Contact Information

Nazar Kupybida
nkupybida@gng.com.ua
+38 032 298 96 44
http://www.okko.ua
72 Heroiv UPA Str., Lviv, 79018, Ukraine

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

18 Jun 2020

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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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