Vsevolozhsk Water Improvement Programme



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Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

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PSD disclosed:

31 Mar 2009

Project Description

The proposed project includes construction, rehabilitation, upgrade of water supply and wastewater facilities in the Vsevolozhsk municipal district (the “Municipality”) within the Leningrad region. The priority investments to be financed by EBRD will be defined by consultants in a feasibility study. The proceeds of the Loan will be utilised by Vodoteplosnab JSC (the “Company”), providing water, wastewater and district heating services to both residential and industrial customers in the Municipality.

Transition Impact

Transition impact is expected to be achieved through:

  • The Bank will advance TC funds to assist the Company with preparation of a feasibility study for the project, which will focus on the priority investment programme
  • Skills and knowledge transfer during the Corporate Development Support Programme and training for the Project Implementation Unit;
  • Cost restructuring (demonstration effect);
  • Introduction of a service agreement to further commercialise the operations of the Company;
  • Development and implementation of an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) which will significantly improve the Company’s environmental management and overall performance.


The Client

Vodoteplosnab JSC, wholly owned by the Vsevolozhsk municipal district, providing water, wastewater and district heating services to both residential and industrial customers in the Vsevolozhsk municipal district within the Leningrad region.

EBRD Finance

Senior loan of up to RUB 700 million (equivalent to ca EUR 15.5 million) to the Company (the “Loan”), backed by a financial guarantee from the Municipality. The loan is proposed to be co-financed by a capital grant from the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (“NDEP”).

Project Cost

Up to RUB 1 800 million.

Environmental Impact

The environmental and social screening category will be determined as soon as the priority investment programme (the “PIP”) has been defined. The PIP is expected to improve efficiency of water supply, wastewater collection and treatment in the Municipality, thus providing uninterrupted access to safe drinking water, preventing pollution of the watercourses and improving public health. An environmental, health and safety and social audit of the Company's utilities will be required to assess the level of current compliance with EBRD PRs as well as to support the selection of the PIP components. Appropriate environmental and social assessments of the PIP components will need to be undertaken. It is likely that the PIP will mainly involve rehabilitation of the existing facilities and operations, but it may also include some 'A' - category sub-projects. An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) will need to be developed to bring the Company's operations and networks into compliance with national regulations and PRs. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan commensurate with the projects impacts will need to be prepared.
This section will be updated as soon as the priority investment programme (PIP) has been defined.

Technical Cooperation

Grant funds will be sought for:

  • Technical Feasibility Study;
  • Environmental and Social Action Plan;
  • Project Implementation Support including establishment and training of PIU and its staff, engineering, design and procurement support and contracts supervision;
  • Corporate Development Support Programme.

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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