Vilnius Street Lighting PPP Project

Location:

Lithuania

Project number:

45649

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

B

Status:

Cancelled

PSD disclosed:

20 Aug 2014

Project Description

The EBRD is considering extending a loan of up to EUR 8.0 million to VilniusLux UAB. The loan proceeds will be used to co-finance the rehabilitation and improvement of the municipal street lighting system of the City of Vilnius, Lithuania. (the ‘project’).

The principal investment will comprise the replacement of existing street, pedestrian crossing and tunnel light fixtures with new light emitting diodes (LED) and the implementation of a new remote control and adjustment system. The project will improve the quality of the street lighting in Vilnius while reducing the amount of consumed electricity.

Transition Impact

Transition impact will derive from the use of a private company to install, operate and guarantee the installation of a street lighting system for a municipality using best available technology. The transaction is expected to have significant demonstration effect in the region both for the PPP of the project and for the technology deployed. There will be potential for the transfer of skills and knowledge as the transaction is implemented and monitored by the city. In addition, the expected reduction in electricity consumption will result in reduced cost for the city.

The Client

VilniusLux UAB, a special purpose company established by the consortium selected as the preferred bidder in an open tender. The consortium comprises Gemmo SpA (Italy) and VSLS UAB (Estonia).

EBRD Finance

Up to EUR 8.0 million for the rehabilitation and upgrade of street, pedestrian crossing and tunnel lights and the implementation of a new remote control and adjustment system.

Project Cost

The total project will be EUR 26.52 million and is intended to be co-financed with an equity contribution from the sponsor consortium and co-financing from the Nordic Investment Bank and Den Norske Bank. Potential technical co-operation support is not included in this estimate.

Environmental Impact

The proposed project has been categorised B in accordance with the 2008 EBRD Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy, as the potential impacts are expected to be site specific and readily identifiable and addressed through mitigation measures.

The environmental and social due diligence for the project, which is ongoing with EBRD TC funds, includes an environmental and social audit to assess the client’s management capacity and systems to manage environment, health, safety and labour issues in its operations and an analysis of the potential (future) E&S impacts and benefits. It will also assess the client’s ability to carry out the project in compliance with the Bank’s Performance Requirements.

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared for the project, and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan will be developed that will include a grievance mechanism. Information on environmental and social performance and a summary of the agreed Action Plan will be released to stakeholders.

This PSD will be updated when the results of due diligence are known.

Technical Cooperation

Financial, environmental and social due diligence will be carried out for the proposed project. This technical co-operation will be funded by VilniusLux or from the EBRD’s internal resources.

 

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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Email: procurement@ebrd.com

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

Public Information Policy (PIP)

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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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