This project was approved as part of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
Senior loan facility of USD 25 mm (the "Loan") to Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC ("ENA") provided in parallel with USD 20 mm senior loan from Asian Development Bank ("ADB").
The Loan supports ENA in addressing its working capital needs during the liquidity squeeze caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ETI score: 75
Transition impact is coming from two components: (i) demonstration of new replicable behavior and activities (GET project); and (ii) institutions, laws and policies that promote market functioning and efficiency. The Bank mobilized the TC to support the Public Services Regulatory Commission ("PSRC") in performing the gap analysis of the distribution tariff methodology with the study already completed. PTI on the existing project (OpID 48957) was increased to 75 (from previous 60).
ELECTRIC NETWORKS OF ARMENIA CJSC
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Due to COVID-19's spread across Armenia with the state of emergency declared on 17 March 2020 followed by the lockdown for both individuals and businesses, the economy was paralyzed with the local banks started facing severe liquidity shortages due to delayed payments from population and SMEs. In such circumstances, the ENA's requirement of liquidity cannot be satisfied by the local commercial banks that are also hit by the COVID-19 crisis. EBRD's quick response is critical and will provide not only direct financial support to the largest company in the country but will also support economy of the country during this pandemic crisis.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2019) medium-high risk due to energy distribution sector and historical slow implementation of the ESAP. The ESDD for this project was carried out in line with COVID-19 approach and was based on in-house ESDD and review of past independent ESDD reports and monitoring reports. The Bank is familiar with Company's Capacity to carry out its operations in line with EBRD PRs. The Bank has a long standing relationship with the Company and a corporate Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) was agreed initially in 2008 and revised in 2018. Last third party ESDD was undertaken in 2017 and the Bank receives regular 6 monthly reports from Lenders Technical Adviser (the last report dated October 2019).
The 2017 ESDD confirmed that the Company has a dedicated Environmental, H&S, HR and PR/Communications positions, which were set up following EBRDs previous investment with the Company (in 2008) and is actively implementing a systematic approach to management of the environmental and social matters through implementation of systems compliant with ISO 9001, ISOA 14001 and OHSAS 18001 (now ISO 45001) with a view of future certification.
The current ESAP from 2018 focuses on strengthening of the Company's capacity and implementing systematic approach to management of environmental and social risks, formalising internal procedures for screening and scoping projects against EIA legislation, improving management of hazardous substances and hazardous waste, strengthening E&S requirements for contractors and strengthening internal HR procedures, including formalising grievance mechanism as well as H&S, use of PPE equipment and public safety. ENA has agreed a detailed Plan with EBRD and ADB on development and implementation of the integrated management system.
Monitoring reports confirm that the Company retained a dedicated third party management systems consultant to support ENA in development of relevant procedures, assigning responsibilities at HQ and regional branches. A number of procedures have been developed, including those for contractor's management, screening of project against EIA legislation, waste management and others, and require implementation through staff training and verification via internal audits. ENA has also made progress in developing and improving hazardous waste storage areas in line with good international practice. Some other ESAP actions, among others those regarding testing for presence of PCB in transformer oil remain outstanding.
To support ENA in strengthening their OHS systems the Bank is in the process of organising a targeted IOSH Managing Safety Training for H&S and Technical Directors from ENA.
The ESDD confirmed that the existing ESAP is adequate and robust does not need to be updated. The Bank will continue to closely monitor ENA's E&S performance and ESAP implementation through LTA and ESD site visits, support the company through additional targeted H&S training (when travel restrictions and health concerns are lifted).
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
No additional TC is assumed for this Project under the Resilience Framework.
Company Contact Information
127, Armenakyan street Yerevan, Armenia, 0047
PSD last updated
13 May 2020
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