Bishkek Street Lighting Project - Feasibility Study

01.10.2015 - 30.01.2016


Overall project value (EUR)229,971.00 EUR
No. of staff providedN/A
Name of ClientBishkekSvet
Financing agencyEuropean Bank for Recontruction (EBRD)
Name of partnersÅF Lighting (Denmark), FCG International Ltd.
Detailed Narrative Description of Project

The objective of the assignment is to provide the Bank with an independent analysis of the envisaged project to retrofit Bishkek Street Lighting system by carrying out an inventory of current system, followed with comprehensive analysis of most suited technology, project feasibility analysis, and cost-benefit and environmental and social due diligence. In addition, the Consultant should also provide recommendations on strengthening the capacity of the Municipality and BishkekSvet for gender mainstreaming both in terms of street lighting service delivery and Human Resources (HR) management. The street lighting system in the City of Bishkek has 31,000 luminaires, around 50 per cent of which are mercury-vapour lamps (MV) and 49 per cent are high pressure sodium type lamps (HPS). Pilot LEDs were mounted on a several city centre streets and provided by number of different suppliers in 2012-2014. BishkekSvet (“the Company”), a municipal company wholly owned by the City of Bishkek is responsible for operating and maintaining the street lighting system in the City. The City aims to implement efficiency improvements of the existing street lighting system via the replacement of the MV and the HPS luminaires with LED luminaries, which is expected to lead to significant electricity savings and improved service quality. The longer service life of LEDs (up to 10-12 years), in comparison to the MV lamps (7 months) and HPS lamps (up to 1.5 years), further enhances of the operational efficiency resulting in reduced maintenance costs for the Company. The envisaged project comprises retrofit of street lights, as well as lighting installations in public places (parks, squares) as well as upgrade of system’s control centre. The lighting fixtures’ high pressure mercury lamps will be replaced by modern energy-efficient technology, such as sodium low pressure lamps, electromagnetic induction lamps and/or LED lamps with daylight optimisation, sensor control and dimming. The Company a service fee from the City budget to cover its operating and maintenance cost. Capital investments of the Company are financed with the transfers from the City’s budget. The budgetary expenditures on street lighting, approved annually by the City Council, are based on the Company’s business plan and cost estimates for the forthcoming year. The City’s street lighting network of 3318 km is maintained by the Company, which has not been modernised in the last two decades due to lack of funding and financing tools.

Detailed Narrative Description of Services provided

Task 1 – Inventory of the System,

Task 2 – Institutional Setup,

Task 3 – Specification of Contract Scope and Implementation Plan,

Task 4 – Financial model,

Task 5 – Corporate development,

Task 6 – Environmental and Social (E&S) Assessment:

  • Review of available data and site visit
  • E&S Audit and Assessment Report
  • Project assessment
  • Management of Impacts and issues
  • EBRD PR compliance tables
  • Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP)