Almaty Intelligent Transportation System

Location:

Kazakhstan

Project number:

43630

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Status:

Cancelled

PSD disclosed:

22 Apr 2013

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

The EBRD is considering providing a senior loan of up to KZT 3 billion, or equivalent in USD (the “Loan”) to finance the intelligent transport system (“ITS”) in the city of Almaty (the “Project”).

Such a system will help Kazakhstan’s busiest city to manage its traffic better and make it safer.

The Project components will include elements such as adaptive controlled traffic signals to smooth traffic flow and prioritise public transport units, electronic variable message signs to guide motorists on busy corridors during rush hours, CCTV monitoring of traffic conditions, communications networks (e.g., fibre-optics) to feed real-time data, and a modern traffic control centre.

Transition Impact

Transition impact stems from the following Project achievements:

  • Private Sector Participation through substantial private sector involvement in the operations and maintenance of the new traffic management systems;
  • Market Structure relating to corporatisation. As a result of this project, a new Transport Management Agency will be created, to be staffed by well-qualified professionals. The Agency will own the new ITS and be held accountable for its proper functioning;
  • Market Structure relating to public information sharing. The Project will facilitate sharing of information with the private sector participants. ITS systems will accumulate on-line and historical information (e.g. congestion situation on the roads), which is expected to be made available to private bus operators and individual drivers.

The Client

City of Almaty and its Transport Management Agency.

EBRD Finance

Senior Loan of up to KZT 3 billion co-financed with a capital grant from the City.

Project Cost

KZT 6 billion.

Environmental Impact

The proposed project has been categorised B in accordance with the 2008 EBRD Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy, as the potential impacts are expected to be site specific and readily identifiable and addressed through mitigation measures.

The environmental and social due diligence for the project, which is ongoing with EBRD TC funds, includes an independent third party environmental and social audit to assess the client’s management capacity and systems to manage environment, health, safety and labour issues in its operations and an analysis of the potential (future) E&S impacts and benefits. It will also assess the client’s ability to carry out the Project in compliance with the Bank’s Performance Requirements.

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared for the project, and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan will be developed including a grievance mechanism, and information on environmental and social performance as well as a summary of the agreed Action Plan will be released to stakeholders.

This PSD will be updated when the results of due diligence are known.

Technical Cooperation

The following technical co-operation (“TC”) assignments are envisaged as part of this project:

Pre-Signing

  • Technical Scoping and Due Diligence of the ITS. (EUR 64,800, financed by the Bank’s own resources).
  • Environmental and social due diligence to include an environmental and social analysis of the Project. (EUR 20,000, to be financed by the Bank’s own resources).
  • Institutional Support for new Traffic Management Agency. This will include extensive training on systems operations and contract management techniques, based on international best-practice. This is especially important given the heavy involvement of private contractors/service provides in the ITS system. Note: this TC will begin in the pre-signing period, but will continue into post-signing. (EUR 280,000 to be financed by an international donor or the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund).

Post-Signing

  • Implementation and Tender Support to include

    (i) the procurement of the ITS equipment; and

    (ii) project implementation support. (EUR 500,000 to be financed by an international donor or the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund).
 

Business opportunities

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