The EBRD agreed to provide a senior loan in the amount of up to EUR KZT 20 bln to KazTransGas-Aimak JSC, a natural gas distribution company of Kazakhstan.
The debt finance is used to support the regional gasification and modernisation of natural gas pipeline network in Kazakhstan to be implemented over the next three years (the "Project"). In particular, the loan will finance (i) the extension of the gas network to several key regional administrative centres; and (ii) reconstruction and modernisation of the existing distribution networks in western provinces of Kazakhstan, which will include, the upgrade of existing, and construction of additional, pressure reduction and metering stations (AGRS) and replacement of an aged carbon steel piping with new polyethylene pipelines.
One of the key objectives of the Project is to increase penetration of pipeline gas, particularly in remote areas of Kazakhstan, which will in turn promote a fuel switching from carbon-intensive fuels such as coal to a much cleaner fuel, natural gas.
ETI score: 60
The transition impact potential of the project is based on:
(i) Framework for Markets: Institutions, laws and policies that promote market functioning and efficiency: The Project provides an excellent opportunity for the Bank to engage with the client, KTG and the government on best practice tariff methodology for the domestic gas distribution market;
(ii) Market Expansion: Gasification of new households and enterprises is expected to stimulate the development of technologies that were previously not feasible in the region due to unavailability of gas; and
(iii) Setting Standards of Corporate Governance and Business Conduct: The Project is expected to support the effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the country, by promoting fuel switching away from coal and preventing leaks of greenhouse gases from the network.
KazTransGas-Aimak JSC is a natural gas distribution monopoly and a 100% subsidiary of KazTransGas JSC, Kazakhstan's national gas pipelines operator.
Overall, KazTransGas group operates over 17,000 km of transmission gas pipelines, 40 000 km of distribution lines, 31 compressor stations, 3 underground gas storage facilities. The group employs over 10,000 staff.
EBRD Finance Summary
EBRD Loan for up to KZT 20,000,000,000
Total Project Cost
Environmental and Social Summary
(Updated April 2020) The gasification of rural areas in Kazakhstan will pose certain environmental and social risks which can be addressed through the application of standard management and mitigation measures. These risks and management response measures were assessed as part of the project appraisal process, and this PSD has been updated with results of the process including risk management actions to be implemented.
Issues related to risks associated from this project were assessed through site visits to observe some of the areas where upgrades are being installed and to observe the status of infrastructure handling the gas. These visits were led by operators of the system and allowed EBRD to understand procedures and resources available for managing the distribution system. The company has a comprehensive system of international management certificates (including ISO 14001, 50001, 9001 and OSHAS 18001) covering health and safety and environmental issues, and has the resources required to apply EBRD PR's across all operations related to this project. The results of this visit indicate that the company has a systematic approach for identifying and managing risks in operations, including the independent group involved in the oversight and monitoring of all construction work and monitoring environmental and health and safety conditions for all operations in accordance with an annual monitoring plan developed as part of their overall management systems. This monitoring includes the collection and analysis of environmental samples as well as physical sampling of assets, such as the monitoring of welds and pipeline wall thickness as well as monitoring fugitive emissions from pipeline systems (including pumping stations). It was also determined that there are no significant issues related to biodiversity or resettlement as a part of this project, two of the typical issues that can pose significant challenges for this type of operation. While construction of new pipelines can have a relatively large footprint, such impacts are limited to the short construction period and there is no permanent land use for most of the facilities. When permanent land areas are required for above ground facilities, such land plots are obtained from local government rather than from private land owners or users. Several such facilities were observed during project review and all were either in industrial zones or far removed from any residential or agricultural use. Further, in the rare case where there may be a sensitive area for cultural heritage or environmental issues, HDD drilling is used to avoid near surface impacts. Benefits of the project include the replacement of older infrastructure that will result in an increased factor of safety and reduced fugitive emissions.
An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed and agreed for this project. This ESAP addresses all items identified during the EHS appraisal of the project, and includes development and roll out of a grievance mechanism, a pro-active way of informing local population of upcoming construction works, ensuring that the corporate management systems cover all aspects of this project, contractor management and some additions to the existing transportation management. The client has been providing regular updates on ESAP implementation, and has been providing Annual Environmental and Social Reports as required for the project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC package includes support in development of the methodology for calculation of gas sector tariffs.
Company Contact Information
+7 7172 55-89-60
+7 7172 554245
Bolashak Business Center, 6th floor, #11 Block, 36th street Astana, Kazakhstan
KazTransGas-Aimak JSC completed the Bank financed Project on time and on budget building new regional pipelines and rehabilitating the existing ones in three regions of Kazakhstan as intended.
As a result of the Project, access to gas supply improved considerably and the population in Aktobe, Mangystau and Kostanai regions received the opportunity to connect a continuous, reliable source of natural gas, replacing the need to maintain coal-fired stoves inside their homes for heating and cooking purposes, improving the living conditions and cutting harmful local pollutants resulting from coal combustion such as ash, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions. As part of the Project, the supporting regulatory framework was improved and tested on the back the Bank funded Kazakhstan Infrastructure Tariff TC. The regulation improvements supported the development of the Project and is expected to benefit future similar operations demonstrating replication potential to the industry, authorities and other stakeholders.
Risks associated with the Project were assessed through site visits, which allowed EBRD to understand procedures and resources available for managing the distribution system. The results indicate that the Company has a systematic approach for identifying and managing risks in operations. No significant issues related to biodiversity or resettlement as a part of this Project were identified. Based on EHS appraisal, an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) was developed and agreed with the client.
PSD last updated
17 Feb 2022
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