EPCG Solidarity loan

Location:

Montenegro

Project number:

52037

Business sector:

Energy

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

28 May 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

07 May 2020

Project Description

This project was approved in the context 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.

Provision of an up to EUR 50 million senior loan facility to support the Montenegrin utility company Elektroprivreda Crne Gore AD Niksic (the "Company", "EPCG").

Project Objectives

The proposed liquidity loan will support the Company and Montenegro in their clean growth and decarbonisation agenda and ensure the stability of vital infrastructure provision.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

The aim of the proposed transaction is to preserve the stability of the provision of vital infrastructure provision and to protect the Company's existing modernisation, efficiency and smart grid adoption transition gains, notably following a successful smart metering deployment programme. More than 80% of customers in Montenegro already have smart meters and the Company aims to reach 85% by the end of 2020.

Client Information

ELEKTROPRIVREDA CRNE GORE AD NIKSIC

EPCG is the national electricity utility of Montenegro, active in production, distribution (through 100% owned subsidiary Crnogorski Elektrodistributivni Sistem DOO Podgorica (CEDIS)) and supply of electricity. The Company is 99% owned by the government of Montenegro and 1% is floated on the Montenegro stock exchange.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 50,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 50,000,000.00

Additionality

The Bank is highly additional in absence of immediate commercial bank capital, constrains of which are not linked to EPCG capacity to receive such financing.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The provision of short-term working capital is not associated with any new environmental or social risks or impacts. Due diligence for this transaction has comprised a review of the company's annual report, its corporate environmental protection plan and progress with implementation of the environmental and social action plan (ESAP) for the Bank's previous projects with EPCG. The company has provided COVID 19 information and training for its employees and where possible staff are working from home. EPCG has no plans to introduce temporary or permanent redundancies.

EPGC is the national power company of Montenegro responsible for electricity generation, distribution and supply. It operates one 225MW coal-fired plant and around 670MW of hydropower at two large sites and couple of smaller ones. It directly employs just over 900 people and supplies electricity to around 350,000 customers. The company operates an environmental management system that is certified to the ISO14001 standard. EBRD's previous transactions with company have financed the installation of smart meters for domestic consumers. Environmental and social reporting for these projects has been comprehensive, the ESAP has been implemented to a good standard, and the Bank has not received any complaints about these projects.

This loan does not require additional monitoring or reporting. EBRD will continue to monitor EPCG's environmental and social performance via reporting for the previous transactions. 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Not applicable.

Company Contact Information

Rajko Sebek
rajko.sebek@epcg.com
+382 67 681188
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www.epcg.com
Elektroprivreda Crne Gore Ulica Vuka Karadzica br. 2 81400 Niksic; Montenegro

PSD last updated

07 May 2020

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g., through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s accountability mechanism.

The accountability mechanism 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.

Please visit our webpage to find out how to submit a complaint through the confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. We are available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of complaints. Complainants’ identities may be kept confidential upon request.

Please note that after the appointment of the new mechanism Head in 2020, the revised Project Accountability Policy and Guidance will come into effect to guide case handling.

 

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