Uzbekistan : Samarkand Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 55135-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Mokroussov, Sergey
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name
Samarkand Solar Power Project
Project Number
55135-001
Borrower / Company
  • "Nur Samarkand Solar PV" Foreign Enterprise Limited Liability Company
Country / Economy
  • Uzbekistan
Location
Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
Approval Number Facility Fund Source Amount Status
4302 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 18.93 million Committed
CF114 B-Loan / CFS Commercial Lenders USD 12.50 million Committed
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Sponsor(s)
  • Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar
Description
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.
Status of Operation/Construction
Under construction
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.

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
B
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The project is classified as category B for environment. The initial environmental and social examination (IESE) identified that the project location is not within or adjacent to any environmentally sensitive areas. It is noted however that the Great Bustard, listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable and Critically Endangered on the Uzbekistan Red List, is noted as species that could potentially use the airspace in the project's area of influence (AoI). Great Bustards are known to be susceptible to collision with overhead lines however, it is considered that there is a low likelihood that the project's OHTL (approximately 5km) would cause significant impacts on this population, as the OHTL is outside the habitat directly used by bustards. Nevertheless, specific measures will be put in place to reduce potential collision impacts for Great Bustards, and to compensate for any that might occur. Further details on these measures will be presented in the project's Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP).

The IESE further identified potentially adverse environmental impacts 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 has both permanent and temporary land impacts. Permanent land take includes the Solar PV area (426 ha) and the OTL footprints along the 4.5km transmission line which will be required for the construction and operation phases. Temporarily affected areas required during the construction phase include the tower assembly areas adjacent to each tower footprint and an 18m wide right of way along the OTL needed for the suspension of power cables. Access to each tower will be obtained via this right of way. The sterilization zone includes land 32m meters either side of the OTL. The land inside the sterilization zone will not be occupied by the project however, users of this land will be required to abide by safety conditions, i.e., trees over 6m tall cannot be present in this area, while other farming activities can continue inside this zone.

Masdar will lease the project site from the Ministry of Energy under a 30-year term. Within the project site, there were five economically displaced leaseholder households, two of which will be compensated for the loss of structures and crops, on top of the livelihood support in the form of cash allowance and livestock provision, to be provided for all five households. The project site used to be a herding area for 42 herders (35 community and seven professional herders), and community members collected livestock feed from the site for winter. 218 individuals were recorded as part of the 42 herder households. For the OHTL, there are four leaseholder farmers affected but the land take is not significant to cause any income loss. The most extensive permanent land take is 0.5% for the towers, and the most significant temporary land take is 3% for the assembly areas and construction route.

The borrower prepared a Social Compliance Audit (SCA) to assess the compliance of land acquisition against ADB SR2 and a Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP) to address the Project's physical and economic displacement impacts on former leaseholders, informal land users such as herders and feed gatherers, and vulnerable population among the project affected people.

Indigenous Peoples
The project is classified as category C for Indigenous People under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). Results of the IESE done by a third-party consultant indicates that the project will not have any impacts on Indigenous Peoples or on any vulnerable ethnic minorities, and its operations is not anticipated to result in any Indigenous Peoples impacts.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
For the IESE and project preparation stage of the project, Masdar, with the help of its E&S advisor, developed an initial stakeholder engagement plan (SEP) that covers all stakeholders and all manners of engagement required, including consultation with project-affected households, local government agencies and ministries, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The SEP will eventually form part of the project's environment and social management plan (ESMP) along with other forms of public engagement, such as a grievance redress mechanism (GRM). Specific to ADB's SR2 on involuntary resettlement, the project will conduct meaningful consultations with project-affected people on the project LRP and set up a GRM related to land acquisition and involuntary resettlement. The implementation of the LRP will require the participation of relevant stakeholders. Reporting on the implementation of the project's SEP, GRM, and LRP-specific stakeholder engagement and GRM will be required by ADB on a regular basis.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Mokroussov, Sergey
Responsible ADB Division
Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Department
Private Sector Operations Department

Timetable for assistance design, processing, and implementation

Concept Clearance
-
Credit Committee Meeting
-
Approval
15 Mar 2023
Last PDS Update
24 Apr 2024

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Title Document Type Document Date
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Feb 2023
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Feb 2023
Samarkand 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
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans May 2023
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Environment and Social Impact Assessments Apr 2023
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Draft Social Compliance Audit Report Social Compliance Audit Report Jan 2023
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Draft Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jan 2023
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Draft Initial Environmental and Social Examination Report Initial Environmental Examination Jan 2023

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


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