Provision of a EUR 31.5 million long-term loan to OXY Technical Gases d.o.o., a limited liability Company established in Croatia, to construct and operate a green-field air separation unit ("ASU") in the city of Velika Gorica, Croatia (the "Project").
The Project will increase industrial gas volumes available in Croatia and potentially cover other countries in the Western Balkans as well as Slovenia.
ETI score: 60
The transition impact of the Project will be derived from the Competitive and Integrated quality. The Project will support operational changes of Croatian operation of both Sponsors leading to a significant competitiveness improvements. The Project will also lead to the increase of net Foreign Direct Investment inflow in the country.
OXY TECHNICAL GASES DOO
OXY Technical Gases d.o.o. (the "Borrower"), a limited liability company organised in Croatia as a JV, 60% owned by SIAD S.p.A. ("Sponsor") and 40% owned by SOL S.p.A. ("co-Sponsor").
The Sponsor is a leading Italian chemical group producing a full range of technical gases, mainly for industrial, medical and food use as well as provides design, engineering and manufacturing solutions in that space.
The co-Sponsor is a leading Italian chemical company that produces, sells and distributes a complete range of products and services, mainly grouped in two integrated and synergic business areas: (i) Technical Gases and (ii) Home Care.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions e.g. a longer tenor and grace period that is rarely available in the market. Such financing is necessary to structure the project.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) was carried out by Environment and Sustainability Department (ESD) of the EBRD and included the review of E&S Questionnaires, follow up E&S interviews with the project Sponsor as well as review of additional comprehensive EHS documentation. The findings of the ESDD showed that the project complies with EU and national legislation for environmental impact assessment and the national screening procedure confirmed that no EIA is required. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed. The ESAP includes requirements to obtain other permits in line with the national requirements. When the Borrower is established, it will need to develop an Environmental and Social (E&S) Management System and procedures (to cover (i) policy; (ii) identification of risks and impacts; (iii) management plans; (iv) emergency preparedness and response; (vi) stakeholder engagement; and (vii) monitoring), as well as to appoint EHS Manager, in order to fully comply with requirements of PR1. The Borrower's corporate policies and procedures will be developed based on the policies and procedures of the Sponsor, who together with co-Sponsor represent the two shareholders in OXY Technical Gases d.o.o. In line with ESAP, Contractor Management Plan will be developed, outlining E&S mitigation and monitoring measures to be followed during the construction works.
The labour management and working conditions are set by Croatian labour legislation and mostly compliant with PR2. The Borrower is not expected to be labour intensive and is set up to manage and monitor the installation and operations of the new ASU employing not more than 10 people. The Borrower will check the minimum age of employment and has a Code of Ethics and Approved Supplier Programme that will be used in selecting the EPC Contractor in Croatia. ESAP stipulates the measure that the Borrower shall develop its own human resource policies and procedures based on established procedures of the Sponsor and Croatian regulation. The pollution prevention and control is adequately covered by existing equipment proposed by the design documentation and local EIA, including oil separators for management of oily run-off waters and waste management. ESAP stipulates mandatory monitoring requirements for soil and groundwater quality, groundwater levels and monitoring of noise levels during operational phase.
OHS and community health and safety issues and compliance with PR4 will be ensured through development and implementation of Environmental, Health and Safety Plan, Traffic Management Plan covering the transport of equipment, H&S monitoring of contractors and Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan as stipulated by ESAP. Site is located in industrial zone in line with the local spatial planning documentation and away from residential areas, and the Borrower is covered by the Sponsor's risk management and crisis response procedures. Transportation of liquefied gas will be managed through special risk assessment tools and gas transporting vehicles' safety maintenance protocols reflected in the Transport Management Plan which will be developed as part of ESAP.
There is no land acquisition needs on this Project as the Sponsor has already acquired the land needed for installation and operation of the facility in the past, based on the commercial transaction. The Project is not planned in existing or planned protected areas, Natura 2000 site, IBA, or Ramsar sites. There will be potential for site clearing and site preparation, therefore ESAP stipulates to have a Chance Find Procedure in case of sudden discovery of archaeological objects during ground levelling, as well as management of invasive species registered on site (i.e. Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Erigeron canadensis and Erigeron annuus).
The Sponsor has identified local stakeholders but they need to be introduced to the new management of the Borrower when it is established. This will be managed through stakeholder engagement programme and external grievance mechanism, as suggested in ESAP. The Bank will monitor the implementation of the Project through review of annual reports provided by the Borrower and site visits when deemed necessary.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
Marco Moreschi, President of the Board of Directors
+39 035 328111
+39 035 328111
Kalinovac 2a Karlovac, Croatia
PSD last updated
03 Aug 2023
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