Armenia: Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement, and Augmentation
Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) is undertaking a five-year investment program to rehabilitate and renovate network equipment, provide connections to new subscribers and introduce automated control and metering systems. This is aimed at quality improvement of the distribution services, reduction of electricity losses and operational expenses, improvement of technical maintenance and safety conditions, modernization of the metering system, rehabilitation, reinforcement and augmentation of the distribution network, connecting new costumers, the introduction of international standards of management and an automated control system.
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|Project Name||Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement, and Augmentation|
|Borrower/Company||Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Mokroussov, Sergey|
|Project Sponsor(s)||Liormand Holdings Limited
Tashir Capital JSC
|Description||Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) is undertaking a five-year investment program to rehabilitate and renovate network equipment, provide connections to new subscribers and introduce automated control and metering systems. This is aimed at quality improvement of the distribution services, reduction of electricity losses and operational expenses, improvement of technical maintenance and safety conditions, modernization of the metering system, rehabilitation, reinforcement and augmentation of the distribution network, connecting new costumers, the introduction of international standards of management and an automated control system.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project contributes to government goals of supporting the development, adoption, and implementation of energy efficiency projects.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is aligned with two operational priorities under ADB's Strategy 2030: operational priority 2 (accelerating progress in gender equality) and operational priority 4 (making cities more livable). Ensuring the supply of electricity will enable economic activity across the country and enhance the resilience of Armenian cities to sustain and support an effective response to the pandemic and limit its negative externalities. Access to electricity is a basic human need and all households and businesses across Armenia will benefit from the supply of uninterrupted electricity in all cities.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The potential environmental, health and safety risks and impacts of the investments are expected to be generally site-specific, reversible, and mostly associated with decommissioning, reconstruction, installation as well as operation and maintenance. These typically include issues on occupational and community health and safety, noise and vibration, soil erosion due to soil excavations, and management of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. An Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) will be developed to incorporate operational procedures and management measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts of the investments.|
The rehabilitation, efficiency improvement and capacity expansion of the existing distribution network will be carried out within the premises of the existing of the facilities, without need for any additional land acquisition. ENA as part of its site selection process avoids land acquisition and locates its facilities on government lands. Involuntary resettlement impacts are therefore not triggered.
The corporate and site audits of ENA's operations confirmed that ENA has not undertaken private land acquisition or involuntary resettlement for its facilities till date.
|Indigenous Peoples||The improvements proposed under the investment program will be implemented within the footprints of existing facilities or on government lands, where there are no concentrations or clusters of indigenous peoples. Impacts on indigenous peoples are not expected.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||ENA''s environmental and social management system (ESMS) will include provisions and procedures for stakeholder engagement, community consultation and grievance resolution in its operations.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||09 Nov 2016|
|Credit Committee Meeting||15 May 2017|
|Approval||27 Jun 2017|
|Last PDS Update||15 Sep 2020|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement, and Augmentation: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jul 2017|
|Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement, and Augmentation: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Jun 2017|
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|
|Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement, and Augmentation: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Apr 2017|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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