MITTAL STEEL GALATI

Location:

Romania

Project number:

27928

Business sector:

Manufacturing and Services

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

17 Sep 2002

Status:

Complete

PSD disclosed:

02 Aug 2002

Project Description

The Bank’s loan of US$ 100 million replaces a short-term loan to LNM Holdings B.V., which was signed in October 2001. The project aims to support the restructuring, which will transform the company into an internationally competitive steel-maker. The loan proceeds will be used towards financing the expenditure programme as agreed between the Mittal Steel Group and the Romanian government at privatization. This includes environmental and efficiency improvements, as well as working capital.
 

Transition Impact

The privatization of Sidex was one of the largest and most important in Romania. A successful turn around programme at the company will have strong demonstration effects, providing a model for other large state-owned companies that are undertaking privatization.

The Client

The borrower is Mittal Steel Holdings B.V. (formerly LNM Holdings B.V.), a holding company belonging to the Arcelor Mittal (formerly LNM Group) and affiliate of ArcelorMittal Galati. ArcelorMittal Galati is the largest Romanian steel plant, located in Galati in eastern Romania.

EBRD Finance

Replacing the existing short-term loan from the EBRD in the amount of US$ 100 million (EUR 100 million equivalent) with a long-term loan for the same amount. The Bank has syndicated a portion of the loan after satisfactory progress of the turn around programme at Ispat-Sidex has been demonstrated.

Project Cost

US$ 451 million (EUR 451 million equivalent) of which the EBRD financed US$ 100 million (EUR 100 million equivalent).

Environmental Impact

The project was screened B/1.

Substantial environmental due diligence was conducted on the Company and an Environmental Action Plan (EAP) has been implemented to bring the facility into compliance with Romanian standards, applicable at the time of the signing. By the end of 2006, due to some unexpected delays in procurement, out of the agreed 54 action items 13 were still outstanding. These were implemented by April 2008 with the exception of one; the installation of air emission controlling equipment in the converter shop will be completed by the end of 2008.

In 2006, in line with the EU accession process, a major study has been completed on Mittal Steel Galati and a plan was developed to bring its facilities into compliance with EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive which added a further 288 action items to the EAP. This new EAP is due to be fully implemented by the end of 2014. ArcelorMittal Galati (as they are called after a merger took place in 2007) pledged to implement the programme 6 months ahead of schedule.

Air emissions will be reduced by 30% between 2007 and 2009, another 25% by 2012 and further 20% by 2015. The two settling ponds (Catusa & Malina) will be cleaned up and a closed circuit water management system will be implemented by 2014. Solid waste recycling has already reached 94% in 2007. Future plans include gradually reprocessing the existing slag heaps for secondary raw materials.

Galati’s Health and Safety Management became a model within the Arcelor Mittal group; however, the company is planning to implement further improvements in the future. Further opportunities are investigated in the field of energy efficiency improvements. In 2007 the management of AMG has developed and started to implement a new proactive public information programme in order to improve its communication and involvement with its stakeholders.

Technical Cooperation

None.

Company Contact

Mrs A.Toader
1 Smardan Street
6200 Galati
Romania
Fax: +40 (236) 803228
 

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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General enquiries

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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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