Kazakhstan : Baikonyr Solar Power Project
The project involves construction, commissioning and operation of a 50MW solar power plant and integration into the grid for further electricity sale per a fixed tariff. The project is located approximately 30 km east of the city of Kyzylorda in the Kyzylorda Oblast, an area with high insolation of between 2,200 and 3,300 hours of sunlight per year, translating to 1,450 to 1,750 kW/m2 annually.
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|Project Name||Baikonyr Solar Power Project|
|Borrower / Company|
|Country / Economy||Kazakhstan
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar
|Gender||No gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Mokroussov, Sergey|
|Description||The project involves construction, commissioning and operation of a 50MW solar power plant and integration into the grid for further electricity sale per a fixed tariff. The project is located approximately 30 km east of the city of Kyzylorda in the Kyzylorda Oblast, an area with high insolation of between 2,200 and 3,300 hours of sunlight per year, translating to 1,450 to 1,750 kW/m2 annually.|
|Objectives and Scope||The loan provides long-term tenge financing not readily available in Kazakhstan market and will help support the development of solar power sector in the country by replacing imports of electricity in Southern Kazakhstan.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||Operating|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is consistent with ADB's Midterm Review of Strategy 2020, which identifies environment and climate change and infrastructure development as two of the four strategic priorities to sharpen the focus of ADB operations. ADB's support for the project is in line with its country partnership strategy for Kazakhstan, 2017-2021 , fostering sustainable green growth in response to climate change by promoting the use of renewable energy sources and supporting private sector operations in clean and renewable energy.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as category B for environment. An initial environmental examination report has been prepared, to meet the requirements of the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), by an independent consultant. The site is not located within or adjacent to an environmentally or culturally sensitive area. The anticipated project impacts included noise, vibration, dust, waste generation, ground contamination, and soil erosion. These impacts are site-specific and short-term and were managed by good engineering, construction, and housekeeping practices in accordance with the environmental management plan. The project site and its immediate surrounds are not within areas of ecological significance. Occupational health and safety concerns are being mitigated through health and safety plan that include routine training, monitoring, and the provision of personal protective equipment. Environmental and occupational health and safety provisions, consistent with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement requirements, were incorporated into contractor agreements. Based on the Extended Annual Review conducted in December 2021, the environmental, health, and safety performance of Baikonyr Solar LLP is rated satisfactory in view of environmental and social action plan (ESAP) compliance, although further actions are required to adapt policies and procedures to ensure the effective mitigation of risks during the operational phase.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The solar power plant will be built on a 150-hectare State reserve land. The land is not allocated to or used by any entity and does not contain crops, trees, buildings, cultural and archaeological objects. The land will be leased from the Shieli District Council for 49 years. The project will not cause physical or economic displacement. Based on the Extended Annual Review conducted in December 2021, Baikonyr Solar LLP's social performance is rated satisfactory and no social safeguard compliance issues or claims are outstanding.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project will not cause any adverse impact on indigenous peoples. The proposed solar power project site is in the Sulutobe village, inhabited mostly by Kazakhs. The project will not have impacts to socio-cultural groups who may be considered as Indigenous Peoples as per the ADB SPS. Based on the Extended Annual Review conducted in December 2021, Baikonyr Solar LLP's social performance is rated satisfactory and no social safeguard compliance issues or claims are outstanding.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||The Company has conducted public hearings for the proposed project in November 2015 in Kyzylorda city. In 2017, the Company prepared a Stakeholder Engagement Plan that defined its approach to engaging with stakeholders and disclosing material information about its operations.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||15 Aug 2017|
|Credit Committee Meeting||23 Apr 2018|
|Last PDS Update||21 Mar 2023|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Extended Annual Review Report||Extended Annual Review Reports||Dec 2021|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Feb 2019|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: FAST Report||Faster Approach to Small Nonsovereign Transactions||May 2018|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Stakeholder Engagement Plan||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Sep 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|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2021)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2022|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2020)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||May 2021|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2019)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||May 2020|
|50 MW Baikonur Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Environmental Assessment and Measures||Sep 2017|
|50 MW Baikonur Solar Power Project: Social Compliance Audit Report||Social Compliance Audit Report||Sep 2017|
|Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Sep 2017|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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