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India: Kutch Wind Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 51210-001 Status: Approved

Project Details

Project Officer
Kaur, Japnit Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • India
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Kutch Wind Project
Project Number 51210-001
Borrower/Company Ostro Kutch Wind Private Limited
Country India
Location Gujarat
Type or Modality of Assistance
3622 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 100.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - wind

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Infrastructure Finance Division 1
Responsible ADB Officer Kaur, Japnit
Project Sponsor(s) Ostro Energy Private Limited
Description
Objectives and Scope The project represents the very first time that ADB is supporting a competitively bid out wind power project in India. It was awarded through the country's first ever wind auction at a price which now makes wind energy competitive vis-a-vis other sources of power in India. The objective behind the auction is to help low wind resource states in meeting their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) at a competitive price. ADB's assistance in the form of a long-term loan will significantly improve project financials. This, in turn, will have a positive effect in affirming the commercial viability of competitively bid out wind projects.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project's development supports infrastructure and environment, two of ADB's five core operational areas, which are based on ADB's Strategy 2020 and reaffirmed through its Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 The project's development supports infrastructure and environment, two of ADB's five core operational areas, which are based on ADB's Strategy 2020 and reaffirmed through its Midterm Review of Strategy 2020. ADB's country partnership strategy for India (2018-2022) is based on three developmental pillars: (i) boosting economic competitiveness to crease more and better jobs, (ii) inclusive provision of infrastructure networks and services, and (iii) addressing climate change and increasing climate resilience. The project particularly supports pillar (iii). The project is consistent with ADB Energy Policy which prioritizes the support for the renewable energy development. In September 2015, ADB announced that it would double its annual commitment for climate financings to $6 billion by 2020, including $4 billion annually for mitigation. Of this $6 billion, $3 billion would be targeted towards the development of clean energy projects, including solar, wind, renewable energy transmission, and other renewable technologies.
Safeguard Categories
Environment
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An initial environmental examination report was prepared to meet ADB SPS requirements. The report has not recorded any critically endangered or endangered fauna in project site. Operations phase bird and mat monitoring will be conducted periodically, in varying seasons, to get more information. Noise modelling showed that WTG noise levels will h slightly exceed the 45dBA night time standards at ten (10) sensitive receptors and modelling for shadow flicker showed that there are seven (7) receptors which will experience shadow impact of more than 30 hours annually from 17 WTG. Sensitive WTG locations will be left out from the final selection of the WTG locations for the project. No objection for height clearance from Airport Authority of India will be applied by the company. All construction and operational impacts and mitigations are laid out in the environmental management plan of the project.
Involuntary Resettlement The borrower has no recourse to government expropriation for its land needs. All the WTGs will be located on government owned revenue lands which will be allotted to the project. The IEE has assessed and documented that the land is largely free from encumbrances and Involuntary resettlement issues are unlikely due to transfer of these lands to the project. Other project sub-components like the transmission line and the access roads will be located on a mix of government as well as private lands. While government lands will be transferred to the project, private lands will be directly purchased or leased through negotiated one time settlements with individual land owners on a willing seller- buyer arrangement. An independent audit of the land purchase process will be done to validate the fairness of the negotiation and settlement process and conformance to SPS requirements.
Indigenous Peoples The project and its activities are not likely to not result in impacts on Indigenous Peoples (IPs). The initial screening process of the company for identifying potential WTG locations avoids Scheduled tribe and IP lands.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Stakeholder consultations have been carried out as a part of the IEE and the land take process. These consultations have focused on local communities and other relevant stakeholders who have interest or influence on the project. The borrowers environmental and social management system (ESMS) has requirements for Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation that are aligned to SPS requirements.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 20 Jun 2017
Credit Committee Meeting 06 Nov 2017
Approval 12 Dec 2017
Last PDS Update 12 Jun 2019

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Title Document Type Document Date
Kutch Wind Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2017
Kutch Wind Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2017
Kutch Wind Project: Project Data Sheet (हिन्दी) Translated PDS Oct 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
Kutch Wind Project: Draft Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2017

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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