The proposed project will: (i) complete the privatisation of power distribution companies still owned by the Government and managed by KEGOC; (ii) refine the development of a third party access based power market; and (iii) ensure competition among transmission system users.
The project’s objectives are to:
- support the restructuring of the Kazakh power sector;
- reduce transmission losses and improve the quality of electricity supply;
- develop skills by introducing modern technologies;
- improve KEGOC’s management and operation capabilities in a third party access market structure.
The project is a unique opportunity for the Bank to support the Government of Kazakhstan’s aggressive sector restructuring programme, the development of an efficient, competitive electricity market, and the completion of the privatisation of the distribution companies. The project will also increase transparency in the operations of KEGOC, which will become subject to close monitoring by the international financial institutions (IFIs).
KEGOC (Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company) is a 100 per cent state-owned monopoly transmission company.
A US$ 45 million (EUR 43.2 million) sovereign-guaranteed loan, co-financed with the World Bank.
US$ 255.8 million (EUR 252.2 million)
The project was screened as B/0, requiring an environmental analysis. Environmental due diligence was led by the World Bank. It focused on the issues associated with the refurbishment of existing installations and included disposal of redundant equipment, storage/handling/disposal of limited quantities of potentially harmful substances such as transformer oil and some localised impact of building/refurbishment work (e.g. noise). The company prepared a ‘Mitigation Plan’ to address these environmental impacts and worker health and safety issues.
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