Federal Grid Company

Location:

Russia

Project number:

41537

Business sector:

Power and energy

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Target board date:

26 Oct 2010

Status:

Complete

PSD disclosed:

01 Nov 2010

Translated version of this PSD: Russian

Project Description

The EBRD is considering participation in a bond issue which will be publicly placed by the Federal Grid Company. In case EBRD acquires the bonds (subject to market conditions) its financing will contribute to the modernisation of Pakhra substation located in the Moscow region. Federal Grid Company undertakes to procure goods, works and services related to this project in accordance with the Bank’s Procurement Rules in an amount of not less than Bank’s participation in the bond.

Transition Impact

The Bank's financing will be used for refurbishment of the existing substation and will support the Company’s investment program aimed at improvements in stability and reliability of the system and losses reduction. The proposed facility is a concrete step in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bank and the Federal Grid Company on cooperation in the area of energy efficiency. Through this transaction the Bank will also contribute to the local capital markets development as the bond is expected to be the first 7-year domestic corporate (non-bank) Rouble bond.

The Client

JSC "Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System" ("FGC" or the "Company") is a natural monopoly owning and operating high voltage (above 220kV) electricity transmission networks in the entire country. The Russian Federation owns 77.66% of the Company with the rest held by minority investors and traded on major Russian stock exchanges MICEX and RTS.

EBRD Finance

EBRD is ready to purchase the bonds in the amount of up to RUB 5 billion subject to market conditions.

Project Cost

Total size of the 2010 bond issuing program - RUB 50 billion.

Environmental Impact

The Project has been categorised B under EBRD's Environmental and Social Policy (2008), requiring an Environmental and Social Due Diligence ("ESDD").

The ESDD was undertaken by an international independent consultant consisted of a corporate Environmental, Social and Health and Safety Audit of the Company’s management systems and an Environmental Analysis of the proposed investment programme. The Consultant also reviewed the status of implementation of a previously agreed Environmental Action Plan.

The ESSD has confirmed that the EBRD-funded project (modernisation of Pakhra substation) will not give rise to material environmental or social impacts and will comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements.

Measures recommended by the independent consultant are aimed to strengthen further FGC’s institutional capacity in terms of its environmental, health and safety (EHS) management and to develop further best practice initiatives. Specifically such measures will include a more formalised EHS management system in line with best international practice as well as a commitment to develop a stakeholder engagement plan over the next year for both corporate operations as well as when developing new lines. As part of developing a public information campaign and stakeholder engagement programme the Company will develop information packs to provide to the public, local administration as well as own staff to help address concerns on public health and safety associated with transmission projects. These include among others, the following topics:

  • Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and its Impact on Public Health
  • Safety Considerations and Transmission lines
  • Principles of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Transmission line projects

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been agreed between the Bank and FGC to sanction agreed measures. Its implementation will be monitored by the Bank.

Technical Cooperation

None.

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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Email: procurement@ebrd.com

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

The Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) is the EBRD's accountability mechanism. It provides an opportunity for an independent review of complaints from individuals and organisations concerning EBRD-financed projects which are alleged to have caused, or are likely to cause, environmental and/or social harm.

Please visit the Project Complaint Mechanism page to find information about how to submit a complaint. The PCM Officer (pcm@ebrd.com) is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the submission of a complaint and criteria for registration and eligibility, in accordance with the PCM Rules of Procedure.