Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for a Category A solar Project Concession regime - Tataouine (EBRD-9740)

Countries
  • Tunisia
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
A
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Borrower
Ministry of Energy of Tunisia
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Sectors
  • Energy
  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ EBRD website

Updated in EWS Apr 20, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Apr 1, 2021


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Project Description

According to bank provided information, 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").

Investment Description
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Contact Information

*Contact information not provided at the time of disclosure*

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

You can request information by emailing: accessinfo@ebrd.com or by using this electronic form: https://www.ebrd.com/eform/information-request 

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF EBRD

The Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the PCM, it may assess compliance with EBRD's own policies and procedures to prevent harm to the environment or communities or it may assist you in resolving the problem that led to the complaint through a dialogue with those implementing the project. Additionally, the PCM has the authority to recommend a project be suspended in the event that harm is imminent.

You can contact the PCM at: pcm@ebrd.com or you can submit a complaint online using an online form at: http://www.ebrd.com/eform/pcm/complaint_form?language=en 

You can learn more about the PCM and how to file a complaint at: http://www.ebrd.com/work-with-us/project-finance/project-complaint-mechanism.html