Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for a Category A solar Project Concession regime - Tataouine



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Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

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01 Apr 2021

Project Description

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is providing technical support to the Ministry of Energy (‘MoE’ or the “Ministry’) of Tunisia for the development of private renewable energies projects.

The Renewable Energy Law of 2015 envisages three potential options for project development from the private sector: (a) export projects, (b) self-consumption projects; and (c) local consumption projects (falling under the “authorisation regime” for smaller projects, and the “concession regime” for larger capacity).

The Bank has been actively engaged in a policy dialogue with the Tunisian authorities on different aspects of the renewable energy development in the country. The pre-qualification phase launched in May 2018 was followed by a qualification phase in order for the Ministry to select project developers (the “Developer”). For the solar projects, the Developers have been selected and are seeking for international financing to build and operate the renewable energy plant.

An Environmental and Social scoping study concluded that one of the solar projects – Tataouine -  is a Category A project (as per EBRD Environmental and Social Policy -2019 version).  This means that, for this project, a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) must be carried out, followed by its public disclosure. Information on this solar site and associated transmission line will be provided to Consultant in the Terms of Reference.

It has been agreed between the Bank and the Ministry to have the assistance of a consultant (“the Consultant”) to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for the Tataouine project (the “Assignment”).

The Consultant will develop an ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) for the Tatouine project (200 MWp solar plant and  related 130 km long transmission line); the preliminary ESIA should be as detailed as possible (full baseline, impact assessment and Environmental and Social Management Plan including biodiversity monitoring program).

The objective of the Assignment is to identify and assess any potentially significant future adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the proposed Projects, determine the measures needed to prevent, minimise, mitigate and compensate adverse impacts, and  identify potential environmental and social opportunities, including those that would improve the environmental and social sustainability of the Project. As part of this, the Consultant will work with the design team (Pre-feasibility study Consultant) in order to inform Project design based on environmental and social issues.

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For business opportunities with EBRD (not related to procurement) contact:

Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement:

Tel: +44 20 7338 6794
Email: procurement@ebrd.com

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

General enquiries

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

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP 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 following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form

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 ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

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