VISP: Electricity Support Facility

Location:

Uzbekistan

Project number:

52135

Business sector:

Energy

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

30 Sep 2020

Status:

Concept Reviewed

PSD disclosed:

11 May 2020

Project Description

The provision of a loan of up to US$ 85.7 million to the Republic of Uzbekistan to be on-lent to JSC "Sirdarya Thermal Power Plant" ("Sirdarya TPP"), JSC "Tashkent Thermal Power Plant" ("TashTES"), JSC "Navoi Thermal Power Plant" ("Navoi TPP"), and JSC "Takhiatash Thermal Power Plant" (Takhiatash TPP") to finance their working capital needs. These joint stock companies are incorporated in the Republic of Uzbekistan and owned by the state power generation company JSC "Thermal Power Plants" (the "Company", or "TPP"). 

Project Objectives

The loan proceeds will be used to finance working capital needs of the TPP subsidiaries in the context of the EBRD COVID-19 crisis response.  The Project will combine long-term reform objectives with an immediate response to the COVID-19 impact by supporting the companies with a liquidity injection while contributing to the corporatisation and commercialisation of the power generation sector via support to IFRS standards implementation. The project is developed under the Vital Infrastructure Support Programme (VISP) which is part of the EBRD COVID-19 Solidarity Package.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

ETI 60-65. The Project is expected to contribute to the Resilient and Well-Governed Transition Impact qualities.  The Project in the first place aims to guarantee the operations of the sector throughout the restructuring process and to preserve the transition momentum in times of the COVID-19 crisis, bolstering the Bank's ongoing cooperation with the Company.  The Project will also expand the Bank's support in adoption of IFRS at the Subsidiaries, complementing the ongoing work on IFRS introduction at the Company level. 

Client Information

UZBEKISTAN SOVEREIGN

The state power generation company JSC "Thermal Power Plants"

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 85,700,000.00

An up to US$ 85.7 million loan to the Republic of Uzbekistan, to be on-lent to JSC "Sirdarya Thermal Power Plant", JSC "Tashkent Thermal Power Plant", JSC "Navoi Thermal Power Plant", and JSC "Takhiatash Thermal Power Plant"  - the subsidiaries of the state power generation company JSC "Thermal Power Plants" (the "Company"). The Company is a successor to the now-unbundled JSC "Uzbekenergo" in charge of gas-fired power generation in Uzbekistan.

Total Project Cost

USD 85,700,000.00

Additionality

Financing structure: the EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market on reasonable terms and conditions (including appropriate tenor) necessary to structure the Project.  Crisis response: the EBRD financing effectively bridges a financing gap due to adverse market conditions. Public sector: the EBRD investment is needed to close the funding gap.

Standard-setting: helping projects and clients achieve higher standards: Client is expected to make use of the EBRD expertise on higher financial standards, including through financial covenants.

Knowledge, innovation and capacity building: the EBRD provides expertise, innovation, knowledge and/or capabilities that are material to the timely realisation of the Project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the client.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019).  High Medium risk due to the age of the facilities which may pose the risk of non-compliance with relevant EU regulations on air emissions (Industrial Emissions Directive, etc.) and labour risks.  The independent environmental and social due diligence on the proposed transaction will be combined with the ESDD on Tashkent Power Loan (the same Client) and mainly based on review of tailor-made questionnaires to be completed by the Project entity and management of 4 relevant power plants, remote interviews with the E&S management of the power plants as well as virtual site visits of 2 largest power plants.  The ESDD will also include a potential site visit, once travel restrictions are lifted, to verify findings of the desk-top ESDD.  As such a site visit may happen after the approval of the Project by the Board, the ESAP and loan agreement will need to include a caveat on updating the ESAP.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

Technical Cooperation funds may be sought to support Project preparation and implementation.

Company Contact Information

JSC "Thermal Power Plants", Foreign Economic Relations and Investments Department - Zafar Turaev
uvespi@tpp.uz
+998 71 230 9569
https://www.tpp.uz/
23 Bunyodkor Avenue 100097 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

PSD last updated

11 May 2020

Understanding Transition

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

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

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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.

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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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