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EBRD promotes renewable energy in Belarus

Four biogas combined heat and power plants to be put into operation

The EBRD is supporting renewable power generation and foreign investment in Belarus by financing the construction of four biogas combined heat and power plants (CHPs) across the country.

A loan of up to US$ 15 million to three special purpose companies owned by the Lithuanian UAB Modus Group, will be used to construct and put into operation four biogas CHP plants with total installed capacity of 4 MW. The plants will be located in the Grondo and Brest regions in the north-west and south-west of Belarus, respectively.

The project will be the first direct investment for the EBRD in Belarus’s power sector and once implemented will generate 32 GWh of electricity annually, reducing CO2 emissions by 15,300 tonnes per year.

Technical cooperation funds for the project have been provided by the government of Japan via the EBRD Green Economy Transition (GET) Project Preparation and Implementation Framework.

EBRD Head of Belarus, Alex Pivovarsky, said: “The project is consistent with the EBRD’s country strategy for Belarus and our Green Economy Transition approach. It will improve the energy supply mix in the country and promote the development of renewable energy projects.”

Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD Head of Power and Energy Utilities, said: “We are delighted to finance this project with a dynamic and fast-growing sponsor like Modus Group. This transaction is also our first direct investment in the power sector in Belarus. We very much hope this will pave the way for more engagement in the country to help the power sector in its transition into a more sustainable and diversified sector.”

Ruslan Sklepovič, Board Member of Modus Group said: “Belarus is very active in the development of the renewable energy sector. The renewables market size and the attention the authorities are paying to this matter make Belarus attractive to biogas companies. Modus Energy is one of the largest companies of this type in the region and we are confident that our extensive sector experience will bring the project to successful fruition. “

Since the start of its operations in Belarus in 1992, the EBRD has invested almost €2 billion in 95 projects in various sectors of the country’s economy.

Source: EBRD

EU assists with waste management in rural areas of Belarus

On 16 January, the EU donated equipment to improve the waste management system in the Puchavičy District near the Belarusian city of Marjina Horka. A new bulldozer, among other equipment received from the EU, will enable local housing and communal services to eliminate spontaneous landfills in the district and organise the collection of electronic and electrical waste in rural areas.

According to an EU press release, the Puchavičy District has a large number of garden associations, whose members often contribute to the creation of unauthorized landfills next to their partnerships. All this equipment will help to remove garbage, clean up littered areas and plant forests.

The equipment was donated as part of the EU-funded project “Strengthening Waste Management Services for the Rural Population of Puchavičy District”.

Since it began in January 2016, the project has helped develop an integrated waste management strategy in the Puchavičy District, and seven educational institutions have installed containers for composting organic waste. The project has also supported awareness raising about waste management among local residents.

Source: EC

Country: Belarus | Czech Infrastructure Association
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