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St Petersburg Neva water PPP, Russia

We were appointed by SUE Vodokanal of St Petersburg, one of Russia's largest water operators, as technical advisor for the first Russian PPP water supply project – known as the Neva water project.

Strategic ESIA facilitated decision making and risk assessment processes for bidders and potential lenders during bidding stage.

This PPP included design and construction of a new Northern Water Treatment Plant (NWTP) with a capacity of 800,000 m3/day including re-construction of some facilities at the existing plant and 25 years operation of the new NWTP.

Our input covered all technical aspects of the project from the concept stage to preparation of the PPP agreement.

Part of our role included developing a strategic environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) to provide bidders and, in particular, potential lenders with the confidence that the development of the project had adequately considered social and environmental issues. Compliance with the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy and Equator Principles were specific requirements.

Challenges and solutions

The scope of the project covered a number of separate sites for new treatment facilities, water mains and water storage. Environmental assessments were undertaken for some individual facilities within the project, but environmental and social assessment had not been previously undertaken for the overall project.

The strategic ESIA provided a single resource documenting all available information on the project sites and facilities and identified key social and environmental impacts associated with the project from construction to the operation stage.

Value and benefits

Strategic ESIA facilitated decision making and risk assessment processes for bidders and potential lenders during bidding stage by informing them on:

  • Key social and environmental impacts associated with the project

  • Performance/regulatory standards the project should comply with

  • Level of risk associated with each potential social and environmental impact and the overall action plan for addressing and mitigating these

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