Uzbekistan : Sherabad Solar Power Project
Private Sector Operations Department
Request for information
15 March 2023
|Project Name||Sherabad Solar Power Project|
|Borrower / Company||"Nur Sherabad Solar PV" Foreign Enterprise Limited Liability Company
|Country / Economy||Uzbekistan
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Operational Priorities||OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
|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||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Infrastructure Finance Division 1|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Rogan, Xeniya|
|Project Sponsor(s)||Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar
|Objectives and Scope||Uzbekistan's new energy policy emphasizes the deployment of renewable energy. Encouraged by early achievements to invite private sector investments in multiple large solar and wind power projects, the government is currently working on increasing the solar capacity to 5 GW and wind capacity to 7 GW. This project is expected to establish bankable precedents intended to catalyze further private sector participation in Uzbekistan's renewable energy sector.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030, which includes tackling climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability as key operational priorities. The project is also consistent with the Uzbekistan Country Partnership Strategy 2019- 2023, as the project will help foster reliable energy supply to improve energy security and promote the use of renewable energy sources. ADB seeks to create conditions for greater private sector participation in Uzbekistan.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as category B for environment. The initial environmental and social examination identified potentially adverse environmental impacts of the project including but not limited to impacts on surface water, groundwater, visual and landscape, biodiversity, soil quality, noise and air quality, traffic, and community and occupational health and safety. These impacts are considered to be site-specific, few if any of them are irreversible, and in most cases, mitigation measures can be designed readily. The project's environment, health, and safety risks and impacts have been identified and assessed, and appropriate mitigation measures have been developed, as detailed in the IESE.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The Project is classified category B for involuntary resettlement under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS, 2009). The solar power plant will be located on a 631 hectares land plot that belongs to the government land reserve. The required land will be leased by the borrower from government under a 30-year term. Nearby villages seasonally use the wider solar site area for pasture and grazing of livestock, but the site area can be readily replaced by other higher quality nearby pasture sites. The footprint for the overhead transmission line is 50.5km long and its towers will require permanent acquisition of 1.17 hectares of land. Six-meter-wide access roads for heavy machineries, tower assembly areas and an 18-meter right of way for the TL between will also result in temporary displacement impacts. Overall, the project will result in economic displacement of 40 households and a cotton farm business which employs 18 households. A Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP) has been developed and will implemented by the borrower in accordance with national legislation and regulations and ADB's SPS. The Plan provides for compensation and livelihood restoration support to the affected people.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is classified as category C for Indigenous People under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Results of the initial environmental and social examination (IESE) and the LARP done by the borrower's consultants indicate that the project will not have any impacts on Indigenous Peoples or on any vulnerable ethnic minorities, and its operations are not anticipated to result in any Indigenous Peoples impacts.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||Consultations with relevant stakeholders including government agencies, khokimyats, civil society organizations, members of the project host communities, and affected peoples were conducted by the borrower and its third-party consultant as part of the IESE process. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) is being developed by the borrower which identifies the approach and key steps that the borrower will need to undertake as part of its stakeholder engagement activities throughout the various stages of project implementation. The SEP will include a grievance redress mechanism for the affected people and other relevant stakeholders to raise their concerns in the course of project implementation.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Credit Committee Meeting||-|
|Approval||15 Mar 2023|
|Last PDS Update||15 Mar 2023|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sherabad Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 2023|
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|
|Sherabad Solar Power Project: Draft Resettlement Plan||Resettlement Plans||Jan 2023|
|Sherabad Solar Power Project: Draft Initial Environmental and Social Examination Report||Initial Environmental Examination||Jan 2023|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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