Serbian Railways Corridor X - II

Location:

Serbia

Project number:

48883

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

16 Nov 2016

Status:

Repaying

PSD disclosed:

27 Oct 2016

Translated version of this PSD: Serbian

Project Description


The EBRD is considering reallocation of an existing sovereign guaranteed loan of EUR 100 million to JSC Serbian Railways (project number 41125), approved by the Board on 1 September 2010. The reallocation follows a decision by the Government of Serbia to unbundle vertically integrated JSC
Serbian Railways. The existing loan is being restructured to reassign loan proceeds to the operating companies established in August 2015 - EUR 36 million to Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC (project number 48883) and EUR 64 million to Serbia Cargo JSC (project number 48406).

The sovereign guaranteed loan in the amount of EUR 36 million to Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC will be provided by the EBRD to finance a programme of track renewal along the Corridor X railway line in Serbia.

As part of the restructured project, the EBRD also financed procurement of new electric locomotives and refurbishment of locomotives in the existing fleet, which will be implemented by Serbia Cargo JSC under related project number 48406.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the project, on the part of railway infrastructure, are to finance a programme of track renewal on Corridor X in order to enhance the efficiency of both passenger and freight services. The project continues to support Government of Serbia's rail reform programme.

Transition Impact

As originally envisaged, the project contributes to the transition process by focusing on market liberalisation, addressed through the adoption of the new company structure; assistance to the rail regulator; implementation of access charges and a network statement; and the provision of assistance to monitor energy use.

Client Information

INFRASTRUCTURE OF SERBIAN RAILWAYS JSC

The Client for this project is Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC, a state-owned enterprise responsible for the management of national railway infrastructure, established in August 2015 as a result of unbundling of the vertically-integrated JSC Serbian Railways.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 36,000,000.00

The EBRD reallocates up to EUR 36 million of the existing sovereign guaranteed loan of EUR 100 million originally provided to JSC Serbian Railways, to Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC.

Technical co-operation funds are also being provided (see below).

Total Project Cost

EUR 43,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2008 ESP). The purchase and refurbishment of locomotives is unlikely to be associated with significant environmental and social (E&S) risks. Any potential adverse impacts are likely to be addressed through mitigation measures. The procurement of new locomotives is expected to have limited adverse environmental and social impacts.

Environmental and social (E&S) due diligence for the project included an environmental and social analysis of the proposed projects and review of the organisational developments within the Company to manage environmental, social, health and safety risks associated with the proposed Project in line
with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs).

Discussions with the Company indicated that efforts to implement and improve management systems, as part of the reform and re-organisation of the Company are continuing. The ESAP agreed for the previous projects has been updated to structure the project to meet the Bank's PRs and reflect the organisational changes, with separate ESAPs for Serbia Cargo JSC and Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC. It has also reassigned tasks and updated project implementation schedules.

Requirements included in the ESAP include: EHS provisions included in tenders and contracts; traffic management plans; the preparation and implementation of a retrenchment plan in accordance with PR 2 in the event of collective redundancies and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan including a
grievance mechanism.

Infrastructure of Serbian Railways JSC will provide to the Bank an annual environmental and social report, including updates on the implementation status of the ESAP.

Technical Cooperation

The following technical co-operation assignments were arranged prior to the loan restructuring, as part of the original project with JSC Serbian Railways. All of the newly founded companies benefit from this assistance:

  • Assistance to the Project Implementation Unit - EUR 297,000. Funding provided by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.
  • Assistance to the Rail Regulator - EUR 250,000. Funding provided by the German Technical Cooperation Fund of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
  • Implementation of Energy Management Information System - EUR 250,000. Funding provided by the Central European Initiative ("CEI").
  • Lender's Monitor - EUR 196,000. Funding provided by the Central European Initiative ("CEI").

A consultant has been engaged to deliver each assignment.

Company Contact Information

Dusan Garibovic, Director General
kabinet.infrastruktura@srbrail.rs
+381 11 3616 841
+381 11 3616 841
6, Nemanjina St. 11000 Belgrade.

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