Search En menu en ClientConnect
Top 5 search results See all results Advanced search
Top searches
Most visited pages
    Reference: 20230523
    Release date: 26 January 2024

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The project consists of an investment programme for electricity distribution in the period 2024-2028, including the renovation, reinforcement and extension of distribution infrastructure, the renovation and digitalisation of network control systems and the installation of smart meters.

    Additionality and Impact

    The project concerns standard electricity network investments in a regulated natural monopoly.

    The promoter's CAPEX plan includes investments in electricity distribution and metering. The project will contribute to maintaining or increasing security of supply in the context of growing electricity demand, from heating and mobility in particular, and growing integration of electricity production from RES.

    The Programme is expected to contribute to Bank's lending priority objectives on Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability and it aligns with the REPowerEU objectives. The financing of the Programme will contribute to the Bank's ELP themes on Securing the Enabling Infrastructure (energy networks) and Innovative technologies and new types of energy infrastructure (smart meters).

    The operation addresses a number of desired results, including maintaining security of energy supply, and the integration of low-carbon generation, which reduces carbon emissions and air pollution, with positive climate and health externalities. Smart technologies allow energy consumers to receive more granular and closer to real time information, thereby enabling demand response to price signals.

    The project is expected to deliver excellent economic benefits and excellent social benefits. The promoter is experienced in works of this nature and has a sound project management system in place.

    In financial terms, the EIB loan is expected to allow the borrower to diversify its funding sources (with first time financing from EIB) at attractive financial conditions, with a long term (25 years) and grace period (3 years), reflecting the average economic life of the assets and the time for project's construction/implementation. The EIB loan also allows a high flexibility in use of the line, with limited commitment fees over a 4 year availability period. In non-financial terms, the granting of the EIB loan is considered to have a positive signalling and catalytic effect.


    The project caters for demand growth, the connection of network users, the rollout of smart meters, the integration of renewables, and the improvement of the quality of service and the efficiency of operations.


    • Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 400 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 591 million

    Environmental aspects

    The project includes components that may fall under Annex II of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2011/92/EU as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU, which requires the competent national authority to determine the need for an EIA. The impacts that can be typically expected for some schemes relate to visual impact, vegetation clearance, collision and electrocution of flying vertebrates, electromagnetic fields, noise nuisance, and disturbances during construction, as well as the possible impacts on protected fauna and flora (Habitats 92/43/EC and Birds 2009/147/EC).


    The EIB will require the promoter to ensure that contracts for implementation of the project have been and will be tendered in accordance with the applicable EU procurement legislation: Directive 2014/23/EU / 2014/24/EU / 2014/25/EU as well as Directive 92/13/EEC or Directive 89/665/EEC as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU, with publication of tender notices in the EU Official Journal, as and where required.


    Signed - 11/04/2024

    Under appraisal
    1 March 2024
    11 April 2024


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Germany Energy