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Minagiotiko Dam PPP Project



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Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

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PSD disclosed:

28 Oct 2021

Project Description

According to the domestic legislation, the Ministry of Rural Development and Food (the “Ministry”, “Public Partner” or “Client”) has the main responsibility of ensuring rural development in Greece. In order to promote this responsibility, the Ministry implements several actions regarding the development and improvement of the production conditions and of the business environment of the agricultural sector. The Ministry also ensures the protection of the environment while promoting sustainability in the use of natural resources within the agricultural and the fishing industries.

To this end, the Ministry is responsible for ensuring that irrigation needs of areas in Greece are met. Water is the main natural resource and a significant factor for the production levels in agriculture. In the past years, there have been various efforts either from the state or from the private sector to develop the relevant infrastructure in order to irrigate a significant part of the land to be cultivated. The total arable land in Greece is approximately 34,700,000 acres out of which the 14,300,000 acres are irrigated. The 6,300,000 acres are irrigated via public infrastructure that has been granted to the farmers yet, currently, irrigation infrastructure in Greece is considered rather old and poorly maintained.

The Municipality of Pylou – Nestoros and the Municipality of Messini in Greece, where the Project is planned to be located, lack the necessary irrigation infrastructure. Generally, the hydrogeological circumstances in the catchment area are favourable. There are 89 officially reported drillings in the area yet these are not enough to cover irrigation needs. 

The area is currently mainly covered by olive trees and vineyards. The individual municipal districts anticipated to gain advantage from this infrastructure are Evangelismos, Lachanada, Methoni, Foiniki, Foinikounta, MIlitsa, Kalithea, Pidassos and Chomatada. The total surface covered by olive trees is approximately 45,000 acres and the surface covered by vineyards and raisin yards are 686 acres and 2,635 acres respectively. In the past, there have been various vegetable cultivations that no longer exist due to the lack of an irrigation system. Irrigation needs of the area are currently covered by the aforementioned 89 drillings, various other unknown drillings and Lachanada main, which receives water from the natural water resources of ‘Milou Vlassi’, which are located 6,75km north of the village.    

The Government of Greece (“GoG”) is currently considering a project (the “Project”) as a Public-rivate Partnership (“PPP”) to utilise water and surface runoffs into a adam accompanied by the appropriate irrigation network for serving agricultural needs of the area which falls within the remit of the Municipalities of Pylou Nestoros and Messini.

More specifically, the Project includes:

  • The elaboration of the design of water mains of Lachanada and Militsa villages, as well as any supporting designs during the construction phase.
  • The construction:
    • of the Minagiotiko dam;
    • of the irrigation network for the irrigation of an area of 35.000.000 m2;
    • of the accompanying roadworks:
      • restoration of parts of existing rural roads that are going to be flooded;
      • roads for access to the dam site, the main pumping station and around of the reservoir; and
      • small sections for the access along water ducts.
    • of the accompanying quarries and depot areas with the necessary accesses;
    • of the water mains of Lachanada and Militsa.
  • The implementation of an Information Management System and remote control.
  • The maintenance and operation of the irrigation network for up to 21 years.

The Minagiotiko dam is an axisymmetric dam of hard embankment and it is proposed to be constructed about 2 km west of the village of Vlasaika and at a distance of 5.5 km from their estuaries, which are located 800 m west of the village of Finikounda. The irrigation network will serve the arable land of the former Municipal Districts as follows:

  • Evangelismos, Finikounda, Lachanada and Finiki of the former Municipal Unit of Methoni;
  • Pidasos, Chomatada, Kallithea and Ambelakia of the former Municipal Unit of Pylos; and
  • Militsa of the former Municipal Unit of Epia.

The Private sector partner based on technical and operational specs that will be agreed with the Ministry, will design, built, finance, operate, and transfer (“DBFOT”) the project for a predetermined time period.

The overall objective of the project preparation assignment in support of the Project will focus on the following:

  • Comprehensive Gap Analysis of the existing feasibility study.
  • Preparation and finalisation of procurement documents including the RFQ (Prequalification Questionnaire, if necessary, Request for the Expression of Interest etc.) RFP (including competitive dialogue phase (Phase B.I), if chosen, and the Invitation to Submit Binding Offers (Phase B.II)), Partnership Agreement, and its annexes including Technical Specifications and any other agreement relevant to a Project.
  • Assistance in obtaining all necessary approvals of project documents.
  • Undertake Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”) scoping and develop a detailed Terms of Reference for ESIA implementation by the successful bidder.
  • Establish an International Panel of Experts on dam safety.
  • Support in conducting a competitive PPP procurement process. Such procurements shall meet both the local legislation and the EBRD Procurement Policy.
  • Active participation in structuring of the PPP for well-balanced risk allocation and bankability
  • Active participation in competitive dialogue, bid review and scoring and provision of guidance, wherever needed, in particular during the dialogue with bidders and their lenders  
  • Commercial close entailing signing of Project agreements.
  • Support in achievement of financial close entailing signing of the financing agreements.
  • Provision of the workshops for training of the counterpart personnel (management and other key staff) for PPP procurement, monitoring and management to international standard in the respective areas.  

The Project preparation must meet all the relevant requirements and standards established by the EBRD.

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Business opportunities

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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 more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

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