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Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

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Approval date:

27 Apr 1999



PSD disclosed:

20 Apr 1998

Project Description

The project will finance critical infrastructure investments necessary to improve the water supply and waste-water services in the city of Kaliningrad, and will improve the financial and operational performance of the municipal water utility company, Kaliningrad Vodokanal.
The project will improve the supply of safe and clean drinking water for the population in Kaliningrad, and lead to a significant reduction in the environmental pollution of the Baltic Sea. Further objectives are to restructure Kaliningrad Vodokanal into a financially self-sustaining and efficient utility company.

Transition Impact

The project will:
  • create the basis for Kaliningrad Vodokanal to operate on a commercially sustainable basis;
  • develop skills in Kaliningrad Vodokanal through a strong corporate development component; and
  • strengthen financial management, budgeting and fiscal administration capacity of the City of Kaliningrad.

The Client

The borrower will be the Russian Federation. The proceeds of the loan will be on-lent to Kaliningrad Vodokanal.

EBRD Finance

EBRD financing will comprise a sovereign loan of US$ 18 million (ECU 15.3 million). The project will be co-financed with the Nordic Investment Bank, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

Project Cost

US$ 62.6 million (ECU 53.2 million).

Environmental Impact

The project concerns the modernisation of the water and waste-water system in the City of Kaliningrad. The project was screened B/0, requiring an Environmental Analysis, which was carried out within the framework of the project feasibility study. Kaliningrad has been identified as a priority area under the Baltic Joint Comprehensive Environmental Action Programme.
The project will bring significant environmental and public health and safety benefits to the local population, by: (i) improving drinking water quality; (ii) reducing water losses; (iii) reducing leakage of sewage into soil and groundwater; and (iv) improving the quality of discharges into public watercourses. The improvements in sewage treatment will not only be of local benefit, but will also bring about improvements in the water quality of the river Pregol and the Baltic Sea. The project will help in achieving European Union environmental standards, which cannot be met by the existing facilities.

Technical Cooperation

Technical cooperation funding of ECU 2.6 million will be provided.

Business opportunities

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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