Karaganda Solar Phase II (EBRD-51655)

Countries
  • Kazakhstan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
B
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jun 23, 2020
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Borrower
KAZSOLAR 50 LLP
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Fund, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 28.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 24.9
Converted using 2020-07-04 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 64.37 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported KZT 26,200,246,272.00
Converted using 2020-07-04 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Jul 28, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jun 30, 2020


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Project Description

EBRD  provides of EUR 24.9 million loan (in KZT equivalent) to KAZSOLAR 50 LLP for the development, construction and operation of a 76 MWp solar PV power plant located in Karaganda region, Central Kazakhstan. The funds will be used to finance the 26MWp extension of the original project (the Project).

The Project will support Kazakhstan in its objective to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix and will contribute to achieving the Kazakhstan government's goal of renewable energy source sector (apart from large hydro) accounting for 3 per cent all power generation by 2020 (10 per cent by 2030).

The EBRD website also states: "The institutional uncertainty is associated with the recently introduced auction scheme, which needs to deliver a critical mass of successful projects to inspire investor confidence and ensure strong participation in the following tenders in the new post COVID environment. This showcase would be important as the Government recently announced its plans for November 2020 renewables auctions as the implementation of auctioned projects got delayed. The proposed operation will therefore send a strong signal to other developers and investors that the Kazakh renewable energy sector remains open for business in the post COVID environment."

EBRD FINANCE SUMMARY

KZT 11,285,000,192.00

EBRD loan amount - EUR24.9 million in KZT, GCF loan amount - US$ 11.54 million, CTF fund - USD 3.1 million.

TOTAL PROJECT COST

KZT 26,200,246,272.00

ADDITIONALITY

The EBRD offers the long-term local currency loan with a tenor, which is above the market average and is necessary to structure the project in the face of regulatory, institutional, and macroeconomic uncertainties which include the current Covid-19 and foreign exchage volatility. Kazakhstan declared state of emergency on 15 March 2020, following the lockdown of Nur-Sultan and Almaty on 19 March 2020 and other cities including Karaganda on 30 March 2020, affecting both individuals and businesses (state of emergency has since been lifted while lockdowns are still selectively applied). The impact of COVID-19 is exacerbated by the drop in global oil prices and Kazakhstan's economy under significant stress. The GDP is projected to contract by 3 per cent by the EBRD's latest macroeconomic projections. The Covid-19 crisis might negatively impact the country's renewables sector which is still at its nascent stage of development.

 

 

Investment Description
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Private Actors
  • KAZSOLAR 50 LLP -- Implementing Company

KazSolar 50 LLP is a SPV incorporated in Kazakhstan for the purpose of development, construction and operation of a 50 MWp solar PV power plant, and the subsequent 26MW extension located Karaganda region, Central Kazakhstan.

Contact Information

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COMPANY CONTACT INFORMATION

Evgeniy Grebennikovevgeniy.grebennikov@goldbecksolar.com+7 778 9170 991Zhambyl street. 85V, Saran 101201, Karaganda region, Republic of Kazakhstan