Sevan Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System (the System) consists of seven run-of-the-river hydropower stations located along a waterway of connected rivers (Hrazdan and Marmarik, canals and reservoirs, principally fed by the Marmarik river. The System was originally built between 1930 and 1965. The Project involves the rehabilitation and modernization of the System's four hydropower plants, the diversion channels for three plants and associated electrical equipment replacement at the substations.
|Project Name||Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System Rehabilitation Project|
|Borrower/Company||INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CORPORATION
|Location||Argel, Arzni, Hrazdan, Kanaker, Sevan, Yerevan|
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation - Large hydropower generation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kondo, Shinya|
|Description||Sevan Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System (the System) consists of seven run-of-the-river hydropower stations located along a waterway of connected rivers (Hrazdan and Marmarik, canals and reservoirs, principally fed by the Marmarik river. The System was originally built between 1930 and 1965. The Project involves the rehabilitation and modernization of the System's four hydropower plants, the diversion channels for three plants and associated electrical equipment replacement at the substations.|
|Objectives and Scope||The Project aims to restore part of the currently unavailable capacity of the System and increase its operational efficiency, reliability and safety. It aims to promote sustainable economic growth by enhancing reliability of electric supply. The Project will also reduce water leakage from the diversion channels and will contribute to more efficient use of water resources.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||Upgrade of the project is ongoing. Quotations for electrical and hydro-mechanical equipment for Yerevan 1 hydropower plan were obtained from bidders, showing a higher budget than expected. On this basis and considering the importance of the works for Yerevan 1, IEC decided to concentrate on the renovation of Yerevan 1 plant and modified the implementation plan -in particular with the postponement of certain works for Kanaker plant.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Project is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2020 in relation to environmentally sustainable growth, as one of the three strategic agenda items. Strategy 2020 emphasizes investment in infrastructure with further emphasis on promoting private sector participation. In addition, Strategy 2020 highlights ADB's operational emphasis on expanding the use of clean energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Armenia is currently under preparation. The Project is expected to be consistent with the forthcoming CPS.
The Project remains fully consistent with the ADB Energy Policy 2009, under which support to renewable energy generation has been identified as a key priority. The policy further stresses the importance of harnessing energy efficiency which is essential to improve energy security and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The main environmental impacts and risks from the System operations and proposed rehabilitation are related to reservoir management, management of oils and lubricants for turbines, transformers and support infrastructure, management of lead/acid batteries, material and waste management, and occupational and community health, safety and security. Some environmental impacts are expected from the proposed dredging of Yerevan 1 dam mainly on the biological environment downstream from Yerevan 1 dam due to increased turbidity. The negative socio-economic impacts are mostly related to construction works and transportation of equipment and materials including air emissions and noise, and are expected to be localized and short term.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||22 Oct 2012|
|Credit Committee Meeting||18 Feb 2013|
|Approval||03 Apr 2013|
|PDS Creation Date||27 Oct 2012|
|Last PDS Update||30 Sep 2014|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System Rehabilitation Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Mar 2013|
|Սևան-Հրազդան Կասկադի հիդրաէներգետիկ համակարգի վերականգնման ծրագիր : Ծրագրի ամփոփ նկարագիր||Translated PDS||Feb 2013|
|Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System Rehabilitation Project||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 2013|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System Rehabilitation Project||Environment and Social Compliance Audit Reports||Mar 2013|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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