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Uludag Elektrik Dagitim



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Approval date:

14 Dec 2023


Passed Final Review, Pending Approval

PSD disclosed:

16 Aug 2023

Project Description

Senior secured loan of up to USD 28 million to be disbursed in TRY to Uludag Elektrik Dagitim A.S. ("UEDAS" or the "Borrower").

UEDAS is the electricity distribution network operator in Bursa, Balikesir, Canakkale and Yalova provinces of Turkiye.  It is ultimately owned by Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund ("Actis") through the parent company ULUDAG Elektrik Dagitim ve Perakende Satis Hizmetleri A.S. Actis is an experienced, sustainable infrastructure focused fund. 

Project Objectives

The project will finance the implementation of 2023 & 2025 CAPEX investment plan agreed with the Energy Market Regulatory Authority for the fourth regulatory period (2021 & 2025).

Transition Impact

ETI score: 64

The Transition Impact of the project will be derived from:


The Project will finance the upgrade and modernisation of the existing electricity distribution network improving the reliability of power supply with the reduction of theft and loss ratios, improvement of SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) and installation of smart meters.


Through the Project, the Borrower will introduce a new, accredited and gender-responsive skills development programme in partnership with a local education provider.  The Borrower will also further develop partnerships with education providers to promote STEM careers for young women through a women-focused initiative.

Client Information


EBRD Finance Summary

USD 28,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 198,000,000.00


The Bank's additionality mainly derives from:

  • Financing Structure: The Bank's financing is key for UEDAS' capex implementation given the limited funding sources available for the Borrower in local currency for the required tenor due to constraints of local banks and unfavourable macroeconomic conditions.
  • Risk mitigation: The Borrower will mitigate environmental, social and governance risks through the agreed ESAP.
  • Standard-setting: The Borrower will promote youth inclusion and enhance the role of women in this traditionally male dominated sector.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) for the Project, was undertaken by an independent  environmental and social (E&S) consultant. The ESDD comprised of an E&S assessment of UEDAS corporate arrangements, a review  of UEDAS capacity, past E&S performance, engagement with UEDAS management and site visits to urban and rural premises  associated the UEDAS network operations. In addition, lenders, including EBRD, AIIB and FMO, recently carried out a site  visit and further E&S reviews that included consultations with community representatives affected from past land acquisition.   

ESDD confirmed that UEDAS has established an integrated management system (IMS) that includes systems for quality, environment, occupational health and safety (OHS), customer satisfaction, information security, and business continuity. The  IMS covers all site operations of UEDAS. It was confirmed that UEDAS has recently embarked upon an ambitious sustainability  plan including the development of organisational capacity, which includes the establishment of a sustainability department.  The recent lenders visit confirmed that UEDAS have recently increased their E&S capacity. Other arrangements recently  improved include E&S arrangements related to waste management, hazardous substance management and resource efficiency. UEDAS  have also recently carried out a study of transformers confirming the presence of PCBs. This was confirmed to be very limited  and a programme of testing transformers to identify the presence of any PCBs continues. Human resources policies are in line  with PR2 requirements and UEDAS have recently confirmed a collective bargaining agreement was recently signed between UEDAS  and the union representing the employees.   

UEDAS confirmed that it is currently assessing building and premises under their control to assess seismic risks, and where  necessary these structures are being improved or reconstructed. Contractor management arrangements within UEDAS include  standard OHS and environmental clauses in contracts, although these arrangements would benefit from further development to  ensure improved performance monitoring of contractors. A land acquisition policy framework has been developed and UEDAS  confirmed there has been no physical displacement. Expropriation is associated with electrical network poles and confirmed to  be a small area. During the lenders site visit, a number of local community representatives whose communities were previously  affected by land acquisition, were consulted. Generally, no issues or concerns were raised during the consultations with  local community representatives. Positive feedback was shared to lenders during the site visit related to the ongoing network  upgrade, with the community recognising the improved service performance. Further areas identified during ESDD requiring  development include occupational health and safety, biodiversity and hazardous substance management, traffic management, access to information and stakeholder engagement.   

A comprehensive environmental and social action plan (ESAP) has been developed and agreed with UEDAS. The ESAP has been  structured to bring UESDAS into compliance with the Banks Performance Requirements (PRs). The ESAP includes further  development of the E&S management arrangements and includes the requirement to undertake a biodiversity assessment, further  development of contractor management arrangements including OHS and environmental management plans and cascading these to  contractors, finalisation and implementation of land acquisition procedure. HR procedures are to be further developed and the  enhanced or trainings to workers and contractors, and the continued implementation of UEDAS equal opportunities plan. The  development ofKey Performance Indicators (KPIs) for monitoring of E&S performance will also be developed. A stakeholder  engagement plan has  been developed and will be implemented by UEDAS. An independent lenders adviser will be appointed to monitor project progress  and report to Lenders periodically in additions to the requirement to report to the EBRD annually on E&S matters.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The Bank will provide support the Borrower by contracting specialised consultants to support the inclusion related work streams.

Company Contact Information

Duygu Tokgoz
+90 224 600 00 00
Cirpan Mah. Stadyum Cad. No: 40 Osmangazi / BURSA/ Türkiye

Implementation summary

PSD last updated

01 Nov 2023

Understanding Transition

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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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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