Lomonosov District Heating Project

Location:

Russia

Project number:

43235

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

29 Oct 2013

Status:

Cancelled

PSD disclosed:

29 May 2012

Project Description

The EBRD is considering financing of construction, rehabilitation, upgrade of boilers and distribution network (pipes) in the Lomonosov municipal district (the “Municipality”) within the Leningrad region. The priority investments to be financed by EBRD will be defined by consultants in a feasibility study.

Transition Impact

Transition impact is expected to be achieved through:

  • Introduction of transition related performance indicators, to be identified during due diligence;
  • Skills and knowledge transfer during the Corporate Development Support Programme and training for the Project Implementation Unit;
  • Cost restructuring (demonstration effect);
  • Introduction of a service agreement to further commercialise the operations of the Operating Company;
  • Development and implementation of an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) which will significantly improve the Operating Company’s environmental management and overall performance.

The Client

“LR TEK” LLC (the Operating Company), providing water, wastewater and district heating services to both residential and industrial customers in the Lomonosov municipal district within the Leningrad region and wholly owned by the Municipality; “LEK” Jsc (the Company), holding water, wastewater and district heating assets operated and leased by the Operating Company and wholly owned by the Municipality;

EBRD Finance

Senior loan of up to RUB 400 million (equivalent to ca EUR 10 million) to the Operating Company, backed by a financial guarantee from the Company and the Municipality. The loan is proposed to be co-financed by a capital grant from the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (“NDEP”).

Project Cost

Up to RUB 600 million.

Environmental Impact

Screened B (2008) requiring an environmental and social analysis of the proposed investment and an environmental, health and safety audit of the existing operations and facilities of the Company. Initial screening identified that the following Performance Requirements are applicable to the Project:

PR 1 – Environmental & Social Appraisal & Management

The boundaries of the project include existing district heating plants and distribution network owned by the Company as well as goods and services supplied in relation to the proposed project.

PR 2 – Labour & Working Conditions

Key issues might include the availability of adequate working conditions and health and safety hazards control measures for operational personnel. Potential presence of asbestos in the insulation material might pose an occupational health risk during decommissioning of old boilers and pipes. An asbestos survey would need to be conducted and appropriate procedures for asbestos, if found to be present, removal and handling developed and adhered to by contractors. The due diligence will also identify that the Company has and adequate grievance procedure.

PR 3 – Pollution Prevention & Abatement

Construction phase might be associated with the disposal of construction waste, increased noise and dust levels. Current activities of the Company might be associated with the handling and disposal of waste, wastewater treatment and discharge and general housekeeping.

PR 4 – Community Health, Safety & Security

Replacement of pipes might entail some safety risks related to availability of proper fencing; temporary passage plates over the trenches; and lighting of temporary construction sites at night. Another issue could be a potential damage to water pipes and other underground facilities during removal of old pipes. The due diligence shall identify if the Company has in place a procedure for an advance notification of planned activities as well as sign-posting of temporary construction sites.

PR 10 – Information Disclosure & Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholders of the Project include direct consumers of district heating supplied by the Company; any communities that might be affected by replacement of pipes; NGOs and regulators. An external communication programme of the Company will need to ensure that there is an ongoing communication to members of public on environmental, social, health and safety issues that might affect them.
An environmental and social due diligence of the Project will need to be completed and An Environmental and Social Action Plan developed and agreed with the Client prior to the Final Review of the Project.

Technical Cooperation

Grant funds will be sought for:

  • Technical Feasibility Study to assist the Operating Company with preparation of a feasibility study for the project, which will focus on the priority investment programme;
  • Project Implementation Support including establishment and training of PIU and its staff, engineering, design and procurement support and contracts supervision;
  • Corporate Development Support Programme.
 

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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General enquiries

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Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
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Public Information Policy (PIP)

The PIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations. Please visit the Public Information Policy page below to find out how to request a Public Sector Board Report.
Text of the PIP

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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