ESIA Oversight – Italy-Tunisia Power Inter-connector

Map of Mediterranean highlighting route of power line between Tunisia and SicilyIn June 2023, the World Bank approved $268.4 million in financing for the Tunisia-Italy Power interconnector (ELMED) project that will link energy grids between Tunisia and Europe and support renewable energy trade essential to Tunisia’s sustainable development and climate change strategy.

The Project entails the construction of a 200km bidirectional High Voltage Direct Current submarine cable between Tunisia and Italy, with a capacity of 600 MW; 10 km of underground cable in Tunisia and 32 km of underground cable in Italy; and converter stations in each country. It also involves the construction of a 120km 400 KV OHL from from Mlaaba on the Tunisian coast to Mornagulia. The project promoters are Tunisian utility ‘Société tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz’ (STEG) and Italian Transmission System Operator (TSO) Terna. In support of the project the client commissioned an ESIA, a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and supporting management plans from a JV formed of HPC ITALIA, IDEACONSULT, PROGER, ELARD and PLEXUS ENERGY.

Deliverables

Plexus provided oversight over the ESIA and the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) to ensure compliance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESS), the client’s technical standards, and national regulations. Plexus also prepared the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, the Labour Management Procedure and the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment Action Plan (SEA/SH). In addition, Plexus prepared an ESS5-compliant scope for the RPF.

Outcomes

The project was approved by the World Bank Board on 23 June 2023 and the ESIA and supporting management plans have been disclosed on the World Bank’s website. Alongside the ESIA oversight and completion of the social management plans, Plexus liaised with the World Bank’s E&S team and the client and supported capacity building with the client.

Client

ELMED / World Bank

Location

Italy, Tunisia

ESIA Oversight – Italy-Tunisia Power Inter-connector

Client

ELMED / World Bank

Location

Italy, Tunisia

Map of Mediterranean highlighting route of power line between Tunisia and SicilyIn June 2023, the World Bank approved $268.4 million in financing for the Tunisia-Italy Power interconnector (ELMED) project that will link energy grids between Tunisia and Europe and support renewable energy trade essential to Tunisia’s sustainable development and climate change strategy.

The Project entails the construction of a 200km bidirectional High Voltage Direct Current submarine cable between Tunisia and Italy, with a capacity of 600 MW; 10 km of underground cable in Tunisia and 32 km of underground cable in Italy; and converter stations in each country. It also involves the construction of a 120km 400 KV OHL from from Mlaaba on the Tunisian coast to Mornagulia. The project promoters are Tunisian utility ‘Société tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz’ (STEG) and Italian Transmission System Operator (TSO) Terna. In support of the project the client commissioned an ESIA, a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and supporting management plans from a JV formed of HPC ITALIA, IDEACONSULT, PROGER, ELARD and PLEXUS ENERGY.

Deliverables

Plexus provided oversight over the ESIA and the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) to ensure compliance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards (ESS), the client’s technical standards, and national regulations. Plexus also prepared the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, the Labour Management Procedure and the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment Action Plan (SEA/SH). In addition, Plexus prepared an ESS5-compliant scope for the RPF.

Outcomes

The project was approved by the World Bank Board on 23 June 2023 and the ESIA and supporting management plans have been disclosed on the World Bank’s website. Alongside the ESIA oversight and completion of the social management plans, Plexus liaised with the World Bank’s E&S team and the client and supported capacity building with the client.