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Detail of GEF Project #1198

GEF Project ID1198
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameBiomass Energy for Heating and Hot Water Supply
RegionEurope and Central Asia
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date2000-10-23
PDF-B Approval Date2000-12-15
Approval Date2002-10-15
CEO Endorsement Date2003-06-26
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-07-19
Project Completion Date2008-05-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyCommittee on Energy Efficiency
DescriptionThe goal of the project is to introduce the environmentally friendly option of biomass energy within the context of the current socio-economic system in Belarus. The intention of the project is not to liberalize the economy of Belarus, and therefore the project has concentrated on the willingness of the government to undertake behaviors that will support the rational use of energy. It will focus on the following objectives: 1) strengthening institutional capacity to support biomass energy projects; 2) establishing a track record for investments in sustainable biomass energy projects, including both fuel supply and demand; 3) developing straightforward financial “starter” mechanisms in a challenging investment climate that will allow continued financing for biomass energy projects; and 4) overcoming negative perceptions of biomass energy and provide public and private investors with much-needed market information. First, the project will address lack of biomass project experience by facilitating the investment of USD 2.1 million by the Committee on Energy Efficiency and USD 3.4 million by the private and public sectors by 2006 in biomass energy projects. The project will also address financial barriers by establishing a revolving fund with initial capitalization of USD 1.54 million that will be based in part on the GEF contribution and dedicated to the support of biomass energy.
Implementation StatusThe 2nd demonstration site (Mostovdrev CHP) is under adjustment works on back pressure turbine. Biomass-fired boiler was commissioned in September 2007. Trial run and warranty tests for the whole CHP have been shifted to October 2007. The 3rd demonstration site (Vileika CHP) is in operation since September 2007. The site was visited by Prime Minister in September 2007. CHP personnel and boiler manufacturer are involved in adjustment of combustion process to avoid excessive CO emissions. The loan agreement with Vitebskenergo (owner of 5th demonstration site BelGRES CHP) was signed and funds for biomass supply unit equipment procurement transferred. One brochure dedicated utilisation of ash from biomass fired boilers was drafted. One local training session was conducted, with 23 specialists and managers of regional level receiving training in biomass use.
PDF B Amount
245,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,129,000 USD
GEF Grant
3,374,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
5,562,000 USD
Project Cost
8,936,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
3,129,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
5,562,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
8,936,000 USD
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