Regional Roads Project

Location:

Kosovo

Project number:

48062

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Target board date:

09 Dec 2015

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

09 Oct 2015

Translated version of this PSD: Albanian

Project Description

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a sovereign loan to Kosovo to finance  the rehabilitation of an approximately 15km road section from Kllokot to Gjilan and the upgrade of access roads for a total length of approximately 11.2 km in the cities of Ferizaj, Gjilan and Prizren in Kosovo (the “Project”).

Project Objectives

The Project will rehabilitate a road section of approximately 15km between the cities of Kllokot and Gjilan and the upgrade of access roads for a total length of approximately 11 km in the cities of Ferizaj, Gjilan and Prizren in south and south-east of Kosovo . The Project will facilitate connection to these cities which are important administrative and economic centres of the country.

Transition Impact

This is the first EBRD project in the Kosovo’s road sector. The Project’s transition impact includes proper planning of priority investments in the road sector and procurement training to ensure application of transparent procurement process.

The expected transition impact rating is ‘moderate to good’.

The Client

KOSOVO

The Client is the Government of Kosovo represented by the Ministry of Finance. The loan will be for the benefit of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MI) which has overall responsibility for the organisation and management of the transport sector in Kosovo.  Within the MI, the Road Infrastructure Department (RID) is responsible for the development of a road strategy, management of budgets and the issuing of contracts for road maintenance and development.

EBRD Financial summary

EUR 29,000,000.00

A sovereign loan to the Government of Kosovo in the amount of up to EUR 29 million to finance the Project and the works supervision related to the Project.

Total Project Cost

EUR 38,000,000.00

The total Project cost is estimated at approximately EUR 38 million.

Environmental and social summary

The project was Categorised B in line with EBRD Environmental and Social Policy, 2014.  As the project involves rehabilitation and modernization works the environmental and social impacts are expected to be mainly positive and result in improvements to traffic safety and existing infrastructure.

Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) undertaken by the Bank and independent consultants included an environment and social review of the project implementation agency , Ministry of Infrastructure, and environmental and social analysis of the proposed project components. The results of the ESDD indicate that the implementation agency is compliant with national legislative requirements and with the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) the project will be structured to meet the Banks Performance Requirements (PR).    However, ESDD identified that a key issue that will need to be addressed going forward is the Ministry’s capacity to implement the Bank’s PRs.   As result, the TC supporting the Project will include capacity building for PIU staff in relation to EHS aspects of project implementation and contractors’ management. 

The ESDD identified that the Project will only require limited land acquisition (for access road to town of Gjilan), and that no resettlement is envisaged.   However, as all access roads are located in urban and semi urban areas a Land Acquisition Framework in line with PR 5 has been prepared. The ESDD confirmed that none of the Project’s components are located in vicinity of protected areas and none of them cross any environmentally sensitive areas or habitats with protected species.   There is a potential for increased noise emissions that could result in exceeding the maximum allowed value at some residential buildings located along the Ferizaj access roads.  As result, the ESAP includes the requirement for a detailed assessment for potential noise impact and application of mitigation measures if required. Some short term and moderate impacts are expected to occur during the construction stage and these will be managed and monitored under Construction Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plans (CESMMP). A Road Safety Audit will be undertaken on access roads, where detailed designs are already available, and the results and recommendations from the audits will be incorporated.

A Stakeholder Engagement Plan and ESAP have been prepared to structure the Project in line with Banks PRs.  The ESAP includes the requirement for the development of some standard procedures and tools, requirements for detailed CESMMPs to be developed and implemented by Contractors for individual sub-projects, along with relevant H&S Plans and establishment of grievance procedure for the Project. The Client will provide the Bank with annual environmental and social reports.  The Project will be monitored by the Bank in line with the commitments in the ESAP, regulatory requirements and the EBRD’s Performance Requirements.

Non-technical Summary (NTS): English | Serbian | Albanian

Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP): English | Serbian | Albanian

Land Acquisition Framework (LAF): English | Serbian | Albanian

Technical Cooperation

The following Technical Co-operation assignments are envisaged as part of this project:

1. Road Sector Investment Planning Assistance to the RID;

2. Procurement training for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at the RID;

3. Consultant to assist the PIU.

Client’s Contact

Mr. Rame Qupeva, Director

Road Infrastrcuture Department
Ministry of Infrastrcuture
Germia Building
Mother Theresa Street
Pristina, Kosovo

e-mail: Rame.Qupeva@rks-gov.net

 

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