Provision of up to USD 12 million loan to finance (i) the upgrade and expansion of the existing pre-treatment facility at Ain Ghazal Pre-Treatment Plant ("AGTP") from a peak capacity of 330,000 ms/d to 726,712 ms/d in order to accept and treat the expected incoming flows at AGTP until 2045, and (ii) the decommissioning of the redundant septic tank reception facility, which will be replaced by a new sceptic tank in Al Ghabawi.
Due to the rapid population increase in Jordan, primarily due to the influx of Syrian refugees since 2011, excess wastewater under peak flow conditions bypasses the facility and is sent directly to As Samra WWTP without pre-treatment. The project will provide an additional capacity of 396,712m3/d at AGTP to accommodate the expected growth in wastewater inflows to year 2045. The project will also support the decommissioning of the redundant sceptic tank at AGTP, and will include the installation of a modern odour control system at AGTP to minimise nuisance to nearby residential areas.
ETI score: 66
Primary Quality - Green. The project will expand and rehabilitate the existing wastewater pre-treatment facility at Ain Ghazal (AGTP) which pre-treats and then conveys wastewater to the As-Samra WWTP for full treatment. The project will result in significant environmental and social benefits in and around the project area including a reduction in pollution incidents, odour, noise and tanker traffic impacts. It will also ensure reduce organic loading of the As-Samra WWTP ensuring that the treatment process is effective and that treated wastewater is suitable for re-use.
Secondary Quality i Competitive. The project will be operated by the private sector under a long term concession agreement with the Government of Jordan, which introduces cost efficiencies in the project's operations and improves service quality.
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Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The decommissioning of an aging, and soon to be redundant, septic tank reception facility, which is associated with substantial nuisance to neighbouring properties, and the expansion of the existing pre-treatment facility (AGTP), are expected to result in environmental and social ("E&S") benefits, including reduced odour, noise, tanker traffic and stakeholder related issues and increased wastewater pre-treatment capacity. Project implementation is expected to result in some temporary E&S risks and impacts but these can be readily mitigated or addressed.
Environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) was conducted by an independent consultant as part of a feasibility study and included a review of current facility performance, an assessment of project E&S impacts, the development of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), Non-Technical Summary (NTS) as well as an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) to structure the Project in line with the EBRD's E&S requirements. Key E&S risks and impacts considered in the ESDD included: potential legacy contamination, management of decommissioning, construction and operational waste, health and safety risks, noise, odour, dust and stakeholder concerns. The ESDD confirmed that these impacts can be sufficiently mitigated through appropriate mitigation measures and management plans and that the Project will address many long standing impacts through operation of the septic tank facility which will be decommissioned and a new facility established at Al Ghabawi east of Amman.
E&S, including health and safety, management provisions are already in place at AGTP and these will extend to the expansion of the facility. Construction/decommissioning impacts will be managed through appropriate policies, plans and procedures with oversight and support from independent advisors. Existing management and monitoring systems will be enhanced, including with respect to contractors and supply chains. HR provisions are in line with PR2 requirements and specific provisions on contractors will be required, including with respect to GBVH.
The Project incorporates into its design energy and resource provisions and while energy consumption is expected to increase with the additional capacity this is expected to be limited. Measures to avoid pollution and waste management risks and general nuisance issues are in place but will be enhanced, including with respect to odour. Climate change risks have been considered and the project design incorporates measures to accommodate surges in storm water in-flow and avoid/minimise flood risk. Water stress, drought potential and extreme heat events have also been considered. The AGTP provides pre-treatment. Further treatment to EU standards will be conducted at the existing As-Samra WWTP before eventual re-use. Pre-treated water will be transferred to As-Samra via an existing pipeline. No biodiversity or cultural heritage risks have been identified as the project is located at an existing facility. Nevertheless chance finds potential will be considered. A stakeholder engagement plan (SEP) has been developed for the project and will be implemented together with a grievance mechanism. A project non-technical summary will also be disclosed.
All required E&S measures are included in ESAP. A consultant will be retained to support the project on ESAP implementation, including stakeholder engagement and capacity building.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Environmental and Social and Health and Safety Implementation, including Stakeholder Engagement Support throughout construction and implementation to communicate benefits to the local population and to ensure the Environmental and Social Action Plan is implemented appropriately.
Supervision Engineer and Implementation Supportto assist WAJ in project supervision including contract and disbursement management.
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K. Hussein St. 34, Amman, Jordan
PSD last updated
11 Oct 2022
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