Provision of financing for the construction of a 100 MW solar power plant in the Zhambyl region of Southern Kazakhstan (the "Project") in the form of an up to EUR 50 million senior loan. The Asian Development Bank will provide the remaining portion of debt in KZT equivalent to co-finance the project.
Located in the electricity-constrained southern part of the country, the Project will help reduce dependence on electricity import from other regions (mostly coal fired plants in the North) and reduce associated transmission losses.
ETI score: 60
This will be the second involvement in the Kazakh market for the sponsors of this Project (Total EREN SA) closely following their first project of Nomad Solar power plant construction that is also being co-financed by the EBRD. The Project is expected to have a demonstration effect with a potential to pave the way for an increase in volume of foreign investment in the renewables sector of Kazakhstan. Furthermore, the Project will demonstrate the viability of project finance structures that are still scarce in the Kazakh market. The Project could result in carbon savings estimated at around 125,000 tonnes of CO2 for the country in a sector which is dominated by aged coal-fired plants.
M-KAT GREEN LLP
M-KAT Green LLP, a special purpose entity established in the Republic of Kazakhstan to implement the Project, will act as a borrower. The borrower is owned at 100% by Total EREN SA (France).
EBRD Finance Summary
Up to EUR 50 million senior loan to M-KAT Green LLP with no recourse to the Sponsors.
Total Project Cost
Environmental and Social Summary
Category B (ESP 2014). Environmental and social aspects associated with construction and operation of a greenfield 100 MW solar photovoltaic power plant can be readily assessed as part of an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) and mitigated via an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP). This Project is associated with GET and its share makes 100%.
An independent ESDD has confirmed that technology is state-of-the-art and in line with good international practices, the Project is fully compliant with the host country's EHS legislation and is structured to meet the Bank's Performance Requirements (PRs) through employment of good E&S management practices, implementation of ESAP and monitoring.
The Project is not located near to sensitive receptors or protected areas and will have no impact on biodiversity and natural resource use. The impact on the land use, community activities and livelihood are marginal and can be addressed with help of proper Stakeholder Engagement activities.
Any potential adverse environmental or social impacts are associated mainly with the construction activities and use of the contractor's work force, specifically: labour and social aspects, construction health&safety and E&S management systems.
A number of the environmental and social management improvements items were included into ESAP, inter alia: enhancement of the EHS management system, contractor and supply chain management, traffic management, emergency preparedness, grievance mechanism and Stakeholder Engagement Plan. As part of implementing the ESAP requirements, the Company will implement Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) aimed at community development and increasing awareness of the Project. The CSRP will also include a community outreach program and the Company plans to support the local social infrastructure.
The ESAP has been agreed with the Client and its implementation and overall E&S performance will be monitored by the Bank via the review on the Annual Environmental and Social Reports. Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and for the Project were prepared and disclosed on the Company's web site. The Bank will monitor the implementation of the ESAP and CSR program.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC funding will be sought to co-finance due diligence costs under the existing Kazakhstan Renewables Framework Programme (KAZREF) designed to support renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan or the GET Project Preparation and Implementation Support Programme.
Company Contact Information
Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Mrs. Yuliya Allakhverdiyeva
The Project introduced a solar PV power plant with installed capacity of 100 MWp in Zhambyl region of Kazakhstan, which is in the Southern Power Zone with chronic deficit of electricity. The construction of the power plant was completed in December 2019 on budget, and since that time, the Project has been operating without interruptions with electricity production in line with expectations. The Project is a critical part of the Kazakhstan's green transition; it is estimated that CO2 savings associated with renewable energy produced by the M-KAT solar plant should amount to an equivalent of at least 125,000 tons per annum.
Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) is being implemented by the Borrower and was designed to mitigate any potential adverse environmental and social aspects associated with the construction and operation of the plant. Following the construction completion, the Borrower continues ESAP implementation as planned, including Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
The successful Project implementation contributes to the increase in private sector participation in renewable energy space in Kazakhstan, helps to further advance climate change mitigation agenda and demonstrates the viability of project finance structures that are still scarce on the Kazakh market.
PSD last updated
07 Dec 2021
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