The project is for the development, construction and operation of a 110 MW wind farm located in the Oleksandrivka village in the Kherson region in South East Ukraine.
The Project is developed under EBRD's Ukrainian Sustainable Energy Lending Facility III (USELF III), a 250 million Facility to support renewable energy in Ukraine.
The Project will contribute to Ukraine's objective of bringing the share of renewables in primary energy generation to 25 per cent by 2035. Indeed, despite the significant growth of renewable energy in the recent years, the penetration of renewable energy other than large hydropower remains low, at less than 2% of total supply.
ETI score: 70
The facility's transition impact stems from the following two transition qualities:
Green: The Project will fund the development and financing of wind energy generation assets and contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, with approximately 165,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Competitive: The Project will foster private ownership of renewables projects in the power generation sector, which is dominated by State-controlled nuclear, some thermal power plants and large hydropower facilities, which make up almost 80 per cent of the country's total installed electricity capacity.
DNEPRO-BUGSKY WIND POWER STATION LLC
The Borrower is a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Ukraine for the purpose of developing, constructing and operating the Project. The Borrower is ultimately fully owned by three sponsors, Akuo Energy SAS (France), Saffelberg Investment NV (Belgium) and Aeolus Invest NV (Belgium).
EBRD Finance Summary
Part of the loan will be syndicated to commercial banks and IFIs.
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Environmental and Social Summary
Categorized A (ESP 2014). The development of a large 110 MW wind farm and associated 150 kV overhead transmission line, due it size and location, requires an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The Project was subject to national Environmental Impact Assessment and public consultations, which have been undertaken in full compliance with the Ukrainian regulations and the Competent Authorities have issued appropriate permits for the Project. An ESIA package was disclosed by the Sponsors on December 4, 2018 at the project website. The Project is consistent with GET approach and its share makes 100%.
Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Project and the preparation of the supplementary ESIA package was undertaken by an independent consultant. ESDD confirmed that the Project will have limited impacts on protected areas, and environmental and social issues are site specific and readily identifiable and could be readily mitigated. Project has been structured to comply with the EBRD Performance Requirements (PRs) and national and EU environmental standards.
The Project is not located within any nationally or internationally recognised protected areas, with the nearest IBA/Ramsar sites being far beyond the Project footprint. However, it is located in the proximity to the Emerald Site (Dniprovsko-Buzskyi Lyman). Given potential sensitivities of the associated area, a comprehensive independent biodiversity assessment has been undertaken against requirements of EU the Habitat and EU Bird Directives, including 2 years of birds and bats surveys. Critical Habitat assessment was not triggered. The studies to date confirm that there are no major bird migration routes in the area of the turbines location. It has been established that whereas some species may be affected by the project, none of the identified species will be subject to major effects at both construction and operation stages. In line with Good International Practice, additional bird and bat protection measures, for both WPP and the transmission line, were included into the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) and the Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plan (ESMMP) which have been agreed with the Client.
The ESAP also includes such measures as the development of the environmental and safety management system, enhanced suppliers and contractors management, Stakeholder Engagement Plan, grievance mechanisms for both internal and external stakeholders and measures targeted at reduction of potential adverse impacts on biodiversity, post-construction audit and monitoring of EHS performance and regulatory compliance, including land acquisition and livelihood restoration activities. Social, labour and safety aspects during construction and operation, as well as supply chain management were also analysed and a number of recommendations were presented for the EPC contractor in order to strengthen its institutional capacity to manage E&S risks during the construction and operational phases and deliver the Project in line with Bank's PRs.
The Project will require an imposition of easements and temporary restrictions on agricultural land plots for which the Livelihood Restoration Plan has been developed and disclosed, and communication with the community members through extensive consultation meetings was performed. To further support affected communities, the Company will provide a community fund to the local council to address community's priority developmental needs.
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Company Contact Information
10, Mury street, office 1, Oleksandrivka village, Bilozerskyi district, Kherson Oblast, 75050
PSD last updated
01 Jun 2020
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