Vologda District Heating

Location:

Russia

Project number:

41188

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

12 Oct 2010

Status:

Completed

PSD disclosed:

04 May 2010

Translated version of this PSD: Russian
 

Project Description

The EBRD is considering extending a Rouble loan facility to Vologda’s Municipal District Heating company in the amount of up to RUB 500 million to finance a priority investment programme (“PIP”). The PIP would result in increased energy efficiency through reduced fuel and electricity consumption as well as improved quality and consistency of the heat and hot water services in two districts of the City of Vologda. The investment programme will target replacement and upgrade of the existing pipe-networks, boilers, and other equipment, using modern energy saving technologies.

Transition Impact

The transition impact will be delivered through:

(i) improvements in tariff methodology (a qualified consultant financed by TC funds will assist the company and the local regulator with adoption of the new tariff methodology, including introduction of Regulatory Asset Base tariffs);

(ii) cost restructuring and improvement in the operational, technical and financial performance of the Utility;

(iii) Introduction of transition related performance indicators, to be identified during the due diligence.

The Client

Vologda Municipal District Heating Company “Vologdagorteplosetj”, wholly owned by the City of Vologda.

EBRD Finance

Up to RUB 500 million senior loan to the Company guaranteed by the City of Vologda.

Project Cost

RUB 638 million.

Environmental Impact

Categorised B in accordance with EBRD 2008 Environmental and Social Policy. The project is expected to mainly result in environmental benefits associated with the reduction of heat and energy losses, reduction of GHG emissions and improvement of air quality in Vologda. The environmental and social impacts are expected to be site specific and can be readily identified and addressed through appropriate mitigation measures. Environmental issues may be related to the disposal of the construction waste, increased noise and dust levels at the construction stage. Health and safety issues might be associated with the decommissioning of the old facilities/boilers and replacement of pipes, where asbestos might be present in the form of boiler coating and pipe lagging.

The environmental and social due diligence is on-going and will include an environmental, health and safety and social audit to assess the Company's current environmental and social management systems and the Company's past and current performance against EBRD Performance Requirements (PRs). An environmental and social analysis of any potential environmental and social impacts and benefits of the priority investment programme (PIP) will also be carried out. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will be prepared and agreed with the Company to address any environmental and social issues identified during the due diligence to achieve and maintain compliance with the Bank's PRs within a reasonable time-frame. The Client will develop a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), including a grievance mechanism, and will release information on environmental and social performance and a summary of the agreed Action Plan to stakeholders. This PSD will be updated when the results of due diligence are known.

Technical Cooperation

The following assignments are planned to use the TC funds

  • Technical Feasibility Study, EUR 200,000, to be financed by Canada.
     
  • Assistance to Vologda Region Energy Committee in development and introduction of RAB tariff methodology, EUR 175,000, to be financed by EBRD Shareholders Special Fund.
     
  • Project Implementation Support including engineering, design, procurement support and contracts supervision; estimated at EUR 500,000, proposed to be financed from donor 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)

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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