Up to EUR 35 million senior secured loan to Stomana Industry AD ("Stomana", or the "Company").
The proceeds of the loan will be used to finance the Company's medium term decarbonisation strategy including energy and water efficiency, quality and cost optimization measures as well as elimination of production bottlenecks. As part of the Project, Stomana will also install at its production site a PV electricity generation capacity for own use of up to 10MW to further decarbonise its operations.
ETI score: 60
Green: the Project entails investments towards modernisation of production equipment and auxiliary infrastructure resulting in significant energy efficiency and environmental improvements including with regards to the plant's water sourcing, treatment and recirculation infrastructure. The Project is aligned with EBRD's Green Economy Transition ("GET") approach, with 79% of the loan proceeds being utilised towards GET-eligible investments.
STOMANA INDUSTRY AD
Stomana Industry AD, a joint stock company incorporated in Bulgaria, is a producer of a wide range of steel products for various sectors, sourcing 100% of its output from recycled steel scrap.
EBRD Finance Summary
Senior secured loan of up to 7 years tenor, including (i) EUR 25,000,000.00 Committed Tranche, and (ii) EUR 10,000,000.00 Uncommitted Tranche, to be committed at the Bank's sole discretion.
Total Project Cost
The additionality of the EBRD financing includes financing structure and standard-setting: helping the client obtain long-term financing at reasonable terms, as well as go beyond the national/EU environmental legislation and ensure long-term EU Taxonomy compliance, specifically addressing substantial contribution for climate change mitigation.
Environmental and Social Summary
Category (B ESP 2019). Key environmental and social issues relate to the operations of the plant and scrap facilities and ensuring compliance with EU Best Available Techniques (BAT) as well as health and safety and labour standards.
The Bank has undertaken an independent Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Project which included a review of corporate Envrionmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management systems. The ongoing ESDD and preliminary reports indicated that the Project is structured to meet the Bank Performance Requirements (PRs) and the Company has the institutional capacity to fully implement the Bank's PRs and comply with Good Industry Practices (GIP) and EU requirements. The Company operates a number of facilities and the ESDD has confirmed that these are well managed and maintained in compliance with national legislation. The Company has a robust Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management system and is preparing to implement and adhere to EU environmental regulations, such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and Corporates Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) requirements. The Consultants have undertaken a review of corporate management and reporting systems and confirmed that the Company is on track to meet the requirements post 2025. The Bank will require the Company to fully adhere to the CSRD and CSDDD in the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).
In terms of the operations the ESDD has confirmed that the Company is in compliance with national and EU requirements inclusive of EU Industrial Emission Directive (IED) and BAT, although some additional investment may be required to ensure ongoing compliance and these will be included in the ESAP under development. The collection of scrap and processing of scrap can be associated with a number of health and safety as well as labour issues and the supply chain assessment is important to ensure that sourcing of scrap is well managed.
The ongoing ESDD has confirmed that the Company has good labour management systems and no material issues of non-compliance have been identified. Nevertheless the Company will need to strengthen some of the oversights in line with requirements as set out under the CSRD and relevant European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS).
The Project will not be associated with resettlement or livelihood loss and is not located in an ecologically sensitive area.
The ongoing ESDD has confirmed that Project is Paris aligned for climate mitigation as the counterparty's operational activities make a substantial contribution to climate mitigation objectives which is in line with the specific criteria set out in the EU Taxonomy and confirmed during the external ESDD. In specific, the Company produces carbon steel and uses over 90% steel scrap input relative to product output. The Project is deemed not significantly exposed to physical climate risks and is considered Paris aligned for climate adaptation.
Based on the ESDD an ESAP and Non-Technical Summary (NTS) will be developed and agreed with the Company prior to Board submission.
The PSD will be updated once the ESDD is complete and ESAP agreed on.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
1 Vladaysko Vastanie str., 2300 Pernik, Bulgaria
PSD last updated
09 Jun 2023
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