2015 - Armenia, Northern corridor modernization project. Upgrade of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan border crossing points

    2015 - Armenia, Northern corridor modernization project. Upgrade of Bagratashen, Bavra, Gogavan border crossing points

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    Road Project - The project focuses on three Border Control Points (BCPs) along the Armenian border with Georgia: Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan.


    Technical description

    The EBRD is considering financing a project aimed at modernisation and upgrade of transport infrastructure leading to and including three Border Control Points (BCPs) along the Armenian border with Georgia. Proceeds of the EBRD loan will finance the construction of a new bridge at the Bagratashen border crossing as well as contract monitoring and supervision assistance.


    The key project components include civil works for access road infrastructure and border crossing infrastructure. The BCPs, at Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan, are key infrastructure priorities as identified under Armenia's Integrated Border Management Plan. The current poor quality of transport access infrastructure as well as the facilities at the borders is a cause of significant bottlenecks in terms of regional traffic flows.

    Investment amount

    Total project cost EUR 62.3 mln.

    • EBRD sovereign loan of up to EUR 10.3m.
    • EIB loan EUR 30.85 m (August 2012).
    • It is expected that the project will benefit from grant funding from the EU, the EU's Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and UNDP.

    Implementation schedule

    • The construction of the Bagratashen, and Gogavan BCP is expected to be completed by December 2015.
    • The construction of the Bavra BCP is expected to be concluded by Q2 2016.
    • The construction of the bridge at Bagratahshen (EBRD financed) has been delayed.

    Status

    Ongoing. Finishing works are ongoing at two sites. Equipment procurement is also ongoing. The Gogavan main road is also at an advanced stage of construction.

    Expected impacts on transport, environment, social, other

    The upgrading of the access infrastructure at the proposed BCPs will create a more efficient economic transport corridor facilitating regional trade and passenger flows, strengthening the international cooperation between the South Caucasus countries. The project will also provide adequate operational conditions at the upgraded BCPs to ensure that the potential for economic benefits are not hindered by operational difficulties.

     

    Environmental impacts: the potential environmental and social issues associated with the redevelopment of the Bridge at Bagratashen can be readily assessed and impacts can be adequately identified and mitigated. To ensure that the environmental and social risks associated with bridge project are adequately managed, an ESAP has been prepared to structure the project to meet the Banks Environmental and Social Policy and associated Performance Requirements.


    The key tasks contained within the ESAP include the preparation of a bridge specific environmental and social analysis; Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP); preparation of Health and Safety and Human Resources Plans; and the implementation of a Waste Management Plan which includes adequate disposal of demolition waste. The Bank will monitor the environmental and social performance of the Project and the implementation of the ESAP through annual reports and may also conduct monitoring visits, as required.

    Source of funding

    EBRD and EIB. It is expected that the project will benefit from grant funding from the EU, the EU's Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and UNDP.

    References

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