Provision of a senior loan (the "Loan") of up to USD 100 million to Ukraine based ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih JSC (the "Company"), a joint stock company majority owned by ArcelorMittal Group ("AMG").
The Loan will be used for financing of the working capital needs of the Company to ensure the continuity of operations in Ukraine.
ETI score: 70
The transition impact of the Project will derive from the Resilient Transition quality through the support of the economic activities at the Company at times when the operations are affected by the war on Ukraine. The transition impact of the Project will also derive from the Inclusive Transition quality by preserving AMKR's sizeable workforce as part of its human capital emergency response.
ARCELORMITTAL KRYVYI RIH
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The EBRD financing is provided under extraordinary circumstances stemming from the war on Ukraine, offering a unique set of terms, attributes and conditionalities.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The Bank provided financing to the Company in 2017 and developed a comprehensive Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) to allow the Company to attain significant environmental and social improvements and attain EU environmental standards in the long term as well as Arcelor Mittal's Group (AM) decarbonisation commitments. The Bank has been monitoring the implementation of the ESAP and has undertaken monitoring visits to the Company in recent years. Overall the Company has been on track with implementation and has provided reporting in line with requirements. The provision of working capital under the Ukraine resilience framework will allow, among other things, for the continuation of the investment plans and implementation of the existing ESAP, which in turn will allow for significant environmental and community health & safety improvements at the site; however, as noted in 2017 this investment plan will not allow for the Company to attain EU environmental standards and full BAT compliance within the short to medium term across the whole plant due to the magnitude of environmental legacy issues. A derogation from the Bank's Environmental and Social Policy is in place with regards these works and this will require to continue. No new derogation is required under the new Project and related use of proceeds. The continuation of the investment plans and implementation of corporate climate polices allows the Project to be Paris Aligned and attain in the long term EU compliance.
As part of this Project a fast-track due diligence review has been undertaken using questionnaires, annual reports and discussion with the Company, which has allowed for meaningful review of the Company performance and ESAP implementation. This has confirmed that the continuation of the planned investment programme will allow for delivery on the environmental and social improvements at the plant; advancing the long term road map for attaining EU compliance; and implementation of the AM corporate climate polices as mentioned above.
A key aspect of the ongoing investment programme is to upgrade the sinter plant and construct new facilities with the closure of the old metallurgical sinter line. This included a commitment for the full closure of a number of old sinter lines and construction of new installations. The old metallurgical sinter line will be fully closed, and further air abatement investments on the steel shop with the development of secondary air abatement to remove fugitive emissions from the converters will be implemented. This is required under EU BAT requirements and will result in reduction of fugitive emissions and further improvement of air quality. The modernization has significant carbon emission reductions and will bring the plant towards international benchmarks for carbon emissions. Avoided carbon emissions were estimated at 800,000 tons CO2 eq/y. This investment process is ongoing, with work on sinter lines in place as well as air abatement facilities. However, some of the investments planned for 2022-3 have been delayed due to the ongoing war and proximity of conflict.
The Company decarbonisation plans are consistent with AM's corporate commitments to achieving net-zero by 2050, and having a group target of 25% by 2030. AM reports in line with TCFD at a Group level and in future will report under the EU reporting frameworks.
It should be noted that AMKR over the years has made significant progress in addressing EHS management issues and improving stakeholder engagement, which has been reviewed as part of the Bank's due diligence. Based on the in-house ESDD, the ESAP will be updated prior to Board consideration to take account of current timeline as well as EU legislation such as the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and EU Taxonomy. The Company will be required to undertake an audit within 12 months of the lifting of martial law and ESD staff will assist in this process. Based on the independent sustainability audit the ESAP will be updated. The Bank will continue to monitor the Project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The Project benefits from TC for the legal due diligence.
Company Contact Information
+38 (056) 499-3233
+38 (056) 499-3233
Kryvorizhstali,1 50006 Kryvyi Rih Ukraine
PSD last updated
15 Dec 2022
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