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Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Review - Vilnius District Heating Project

1. Project Data:   
ES Date Posted:
Project Name:
Vilnius District Heating Project
Project Costs(US $M)
 64.5  0
Loan/Credit (US $M)
 17.1  0
Sector, Major Sect.:
District heating and energy efficiency services,
Energy and mining
Cofinancing (US $M)
 47.4  0
L/C Number:
Board Approval (FY)
Partners involved
Closing Date
Prepared by: Reviewed by: Group Manager: Group:  
Kavita Mathur
Fernando Manibog Alain A. Barbu OEDST

2. Project Objectives and Components:

a. Objectives
The objectives of the project were to:

  • reduce the cost of district heat supply in Vilnius, with benefits to consumers and to the current account deficit as a result of reduced fuel consumption;
  • improve the quality of district heating supply, both in terms of reliability and responsiveness to customers needs;
  • yield fiscal benefits to the Government by increasing the taxable profits of Vilnius District Heating Company (VDHC) and by reducing the number of households which require the heat and hot water subsidies aimed at low income families; and
  • support the commercial viability and possible future privatization of the VDHC.

The global environment objective of the project was to reduce the emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) from the Vilnius District Heating System through a targeted effort to remove the existing barriers to energy conservation.

b. Components
The project included the following four components:
(a) building-level substations, including metering and temperature controls, DSM and new inlet pipes replacing group substations and 4-pipe systems;
(b) Heat-Only Boiler (HOB) equipment replacement;
(c) rehabilitation of (Combined Heat and Power) CHP plant equipment which has reached the end of its economic life (burner replacement, instrumentation and control system replacement and various ancillary service upgrades); and
(d) institutional support for VDHC.

c. Comments on Project Cost, Financing and Dates
The project was approved on July 27, 2001. It was never signed and was withdrawn in March 2003 at the request of the guarantor.

3. Achievement of Relevant Objectives:

This review is for the Project Completion Note (PCN), as the loan was never signed and an Implementation Completion Report (ICR) was thus not prepared. The project was never implemented. The Municipality of Vilnius was able to attract private investment to improve the quality of district heating. A concession agreement was finalized six month after the Board presentation and the bidder was able to arrange financing to carry out investments.
Although not discussed in the PCN, the region clarified that the project objectives will be met with private financing.The investments will be undertaken by the private sector. The cost of heat supply has decreased and the quality of supply has improved. The commercial viability is much better than at the time of appraisal.

4. Significant Outcomes/Impacts:


5. Significant Shortcomings (include non-compliance with safeguard features):


6. Ratings:ICROED ReviewReason for Disagreement/Comments
Not RatedNot Rated
Institutional Dev.:
Not RatedNot Rated
Not RatedNot Applicable
Bank Performance:
Not RatedSatisfactory
Borrower Perf.:
Not RatedSatisfactory
Quality of ICR:

7. Lessons of Broad Applicablity:

While a strong regulatory agency is usually needed for concession agreements to succeed, Lithuania's effective regulatory agency had little role to play in this project, which is based on "regulation by contract".

8. Audit Recommended?  No


9. Comments on Quality of ICR:

The quality of the Project Completion Note (PCN) is satisfactory. The PCN is extremely brief - only one page long. It includes the basic facts such as project objectives and the reason why the project was never signed. However, the PCN might have explored a little further the adequacy of the project design, the Bank and the Borrower Performance during appraisal/preparation, and the concession agreement. Also, the PCN could have identified a few lessons.

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