ESM PRE-PRIVATISATION SHARE PURCHASE

Location:

FYR Macedonia

Project number:

27949

Business sector:

Power and energy

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

C

Approval date:

08 Jun 2004

Status:

Completed

PSD disclosed:

21 Jun 2002

Project Description

Proposed purchase of shares by the EBRD in the state-owned vertically integrated power utility Elektrostopanstvo (ESM) or successor companies established following the restructuring of ESM (each a sub-ESM). This would support restructuring and privatisation of ESM and related regulatory reform. The project would encourage privatisation of ESM, or sub-ESMs, to long-term qualified strategic investors through a well conceived, transparent, competitive privatisation process, supported by relevant regulatory reform consistent with EU Directives.

Transition Impact

The transition impact of the loan derives from the following:
  • The Project promotes a transparent and fair privatisation process and seeks to attract an investor(s) qualified in state-of-the-art standards of operation.
  • The Project supports long-term reform measures consistent with harmonising with EU energy directives and the Athens Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of a regional energy market in Southeast Euorpe. This includes the development of a regulatory structure based on transparent operations pursuant to objective criteria for efficient operations, independent regulation, competitive elements where they can be introduced, and the implementation of a cost recovery tariff methodology in line with best international practice.
  • The Bank’s long term involvement in post-privatisation will ensure good corporate governance and promote good communications between the strategic investor(s) and local authorities.

The Client

  • ESM, Electric Power Company of FYR Macedonia, the state-owned, vertically integrated electricity utility
  • Government of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (GOM) represented by the Ministry of Finance (MinFin) and Ministry of Economy (MinEcon)
  • Strategic Investor(s): winner(s) of the tender process for the privatisation of ESM.

EBRD Finance

Purchase from FYR Macedonia of shares up to €45 million either in a) ESM or b) any successor entity or entities resulting from the unbundling of ESM into separate companies (each, a sub-ESM). Such purchase would be completed on its terms at privatisation of ESM or any sub-ESM. The payment for such shares would be made in advance of privatisation subject to the Government meeting milestones in the privatisation process, as agreed with the Bank.

Project Cost

Up to €45 million.

Environmental Impact

The project has been screened C/1. It involves existing facilities that need to undergo an Environmental Audit. The audit will address all activities of the company, ranging from power generation to transmission/distribution to define the environmental baseline for privatisation purposes. The audit results will also be used to develop an Environmental Action Plan (EAP), which will provide a road map ESM for meeting Macedonian and EU environmental, health and safety standards within a reasonable timeframe.
This section will be updated after completion of the environmental due diligence.

Technical Cooperation

None.

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