EBRD to Take Part in the TAZALYQ Environmental Project
Atyrau Refinery LLP (AR) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed an Agreement to provide 80 mln U.S. dollars for financing the TAZALYQ project. The event took place in the framework of the “ECOJER” – “Form a Sustainable Future!” First International Congress held on 3 June in Nur-Sultan.
TAZALYQ involves the AR wastewater treatment units upgrade, as well as reclamation of 860 ha of evaporation fields.
In addition, a new, 3.5 km long wastewater pipeline construction from AR to the treatment units instead of the existing open discharge channel, is planned as part of the project. According to the project, wastewater generated by the plant will undergo two stages of treatment in new mechanical facilities and then in the existing biological treatment facilities. Some treated water will be reused at the refinery, and the rest will be directed to the Atyrau treatment facilities, under construction now. Therefore, this will also reduce freshwater intake from the Ural River.
Furthermore, a number of measures is foreseen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the impact on the atmospheric air quality. The project is scheduled for implementation before 2023, and will create up to 150 jobs during the construction period.
JSC NC “KazMunayGas” provides guarantees in favour of EBRD to cover the AR’s obligations. The company notes that the project realisation will improve the environment in Atyrau, promote environmentally sound technologies and a green economy. It will have a beneficial impact on the health of city residents and minimise the impact of the Atyrau Refinery on the environment, flora and fauna of Atyrau region.
EBRD's involvement implies the highest requirements for the project, including those in terms of the environmental standards. Thus, the project must comply with EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy, design solutions need to be developed with necessary evaluations and research, environmental and social management systems must be implemented, the best technologies available in the European Union must be adopted during the development of project solutions.