46921-014: SONGHUA RIVER BASIN WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT PROJECT PRIVATE SECTOR FACILITY (PHASE 2)

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

The project is the second phase of the Songhua River Basin Water Pollution Control and Management Project Private Sector Facility,1 which is part of a broader multiproject initiative under the East Asia Department and the Private Sector Operations Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to address acute water stress in the Songhua River basin (SRB) of northeastern PRC. Phase 2 expands LJEPs operations into sludge treatment and improves the technical parameters of its existing WWTP projects. Specifically, it will finance investments to (i) install sludge handling units and the treatment and disposal of approximately 1,200 t/d of sludge, and (ii) the upgrade of approximately 300,000 t/d of WWTP capacity to meet higher effluent standards. Similar to the Phase 1 project, Phase 2 will use the proceeds from ADB financing to finance subprojects, which are held either directly by the firm or through wholly-owned subproject company subsidiaries. Both Phase 1 and 2 are envisaged to (i) expedite the delivery of urban water supply, sanitation, and wastewater services in the PRC; (ii) arrest increasing pollution of water resources and reduce threats to public health; and (iii) promote private sector participation in urban water supply, sanitation, and wastewater management in the PRC, among other goals.

Objectives and Scope

The project was intended to fund the first major sludge treatment and disposal development program in Heilongjiang province, and will serve as a model for future sludge project investments in the Songhua River Basin; improve the environmental performance of existing wastewater treatment facilities through process upgrades; and support private investment in urban environmental infrastructure in second- and third-tier cities, a priority area for ADB and the PRC government. The Project is the second phase of the Songhua River Basin Water Pollution Control and Management Project Private Sector Facility, which is part of a broader EARD/PSOD multi-project initiative to address acute water stress in the Songhua River Basin.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

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Status of Development Objectives

To be evaluated.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: B
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect
In compliance with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is category B for environment. LJEP has established an environmental and social management system (ESMS) and undertakes extensive and real-time environmental monitoring, monthly reporting, and annual performance audits. To date, LJEP has complied with national, provincial, and local environmental requirements and maintained ISO 14001-2004 certification. Subprojects are located at existing sites in suburban areas designated for industrial use, so land acquisition will be minimal. Hence, with respect to involuntary resettlement the project is category B, while for indigenous peoples the project is category C.

Involuntary Resettlement
NA

Indigenous Peoples
NA

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

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Project Sponsor

LONG JIANG ENV'T PRO-SLUDGE (PH 2)

 

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