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Kazakhstan: Baikonyr Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 51250-001 Status: Approved

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Pocheim, Wolfgang Request for information
Country
  • Kazakhstan
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Baikonyr Solar Power Project
Project Number 51250-001
Borrower/Company
Country Kazakhstan
Location
Type or Modality of Assistance
3658 Loan Ordinary capital resources KZT 4,140.00 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Responsible ADB Department
Responsible ADB Division
Responsible ADB Officer Pocheim, Wolfgang
Project Sponsor(s)
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 proposed loan will provide 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.
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.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 noise, vibration, dust, waste generation, ground contamination, and soil erosion - are associated with construction work. These impacts are generally site-specific and short-term and can be effectively managed by good engineering, construction, and housekeeping practices in accordance with the site-specific environmental management plan to be developed. The project site and its immediate surrounds are not within areas of ecological significance. Occupational health and safety concerns will be mitigated through the development of a health and safety plan that will include routine training, monitoring, and the provision of personal protective equipment. Environmental and occupational health and safety provisions, consistent with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement requirements, will be incorporated into contractor agreements.
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.
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.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation The Company has conducted public hearings for the proposed project in November 2015 in Kyzylorda city. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan is also being prepared.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 15 Aug 2017
Credit Committee Meeting 23 Apr 2018
Approval -
Last PDS Update 10 Jun 2019

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Title Document Type Document Date
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
50 MW Baikonur Solar Power Project: Social Compliance Audit Report Social Compliance Audit Report Sep 2017
50 MW Baikonur Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Sep 2017
Baikonyr Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2017

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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