RLF - Electrica Distribution Liquidity Facility (EBRD-53747)

  • Europe and Central Asia
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  • Romania
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Voting Date
Nov 15, 2022
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  • Energy
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 48.77 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 240
Converted using 2022-10-25 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 48.77 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 240
Converted using 2022-10-25 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Dec 9, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Oct 25, 2022

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Project Description
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A senior loan of RON 240 million (equivalent to EUR 49 million) in favour of Distributie Energie Electrica Romania SA ("DEER", or the "Company"). The loan will be guaranteed by Societatea Energetica Electrica SA ("Electrica"), who owns 100% of the shares of the Company.

The transaction is presented under the EBRD's Resilience and Livelihoods Framework, one of the focus areas of which is energy security in Ukraine and neighboring countries.


The loan will finance the Company's liquidity needs to cover the increased cost of electricity purchases required for network losses. This will enable the Company to continue the distribution of electricity to Romanian consumers without interruptions and allow the Company to continue investments in the electricity grid in order to cope with integration of additional renewables generation.


ETI score: 65

Resilient: The Bank's loan will support the Company to maintain its financial stability in the midst of an energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Inclusive: The operation will prevent electricity supply disruptions and safeguard access to vital energy services for both the Romanian population and Ukrainians refugees predominantly women, children and elderly.

EBRD financing effectively bridges a financing gap due to adverse market conditions. EBRD also provides comfort and complements financing provided by commercial lenders that are maximising their exposure in the Romanian energy sector.


Categorised B (ESP 2019). The proposed transaction involves a loan to Distributie Energie Electrica Romania SA to support the company's liquidity management and financial resilience on the back of electricity price increases following on the war in Ukraine. Therefore, given the structure of the transaction (energy purchase), there will be limited (at best) leverage over the electrical infrastructure that will be utilized for electricity supply, while key environmental risks on this transaction are associated with the physical infrastructure owned by DEER. The Bank is one of the major investors in Electrica, with a 5.1% stake in the company's share capital, and an ESAP has been agreed (opID 52212) for the client to comply with and implement EBRD's Performance Requirements. This is currently monitored under the existing agreements and results of the monitoring show good performance.

ESDD was conducted by ESD and included a review of annual E&S reporting by the Company, progress update on ESAP agreed previously and follow up questions as well as a meeting held with the Company to assess compliance with EBRD's 2019 E&S Policy. The Company operates certified management systems to manage environmental and health and safety risks. Social policies and labour provisions are in general aligned with PR2. However, further stakeholder engagement, grievance management, contractor control and supply chain management, and workers accommodation are needed and additional actions were advised into revised ESAP to be agreed before approval. Currently, no land acquisition is planned for the Project and new investments mostly prioritize using public land to avoid impacts on communities as much as possible. However, preparation of a land acquisition framework is included in ESAP for any future needs of land acquisition.

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