The project will provide heat for 79,000 Belarusians in 13 towns, the bank said.
With the funds, Belarus will finance replacement of existing gas and oil boilers with biomass boilers; installation of wood chipping equipment and biomass fuel storage facilities; installation of individual building-level heat substations with temperature control; and upgrades to district heating networks.
CO2 emissions savings over the project’s lifespan are projected at 1.9 million tonnes.à‚ à‚
à‚ ‘By improving energy efficiency and replacing imported natural gas and oil with less expensive local wood biomass, the project would reduce the cost of heat supply on average by 63% in participating project towns,’ said Fan Zhang, World Bank task team leader for the project.
Belarus’s government aims to increase the share of local fuels, largely biomass, in the country’s energy mix from 25% in 2011 to 32% in 2020.
According to government figures, 60% of Belarusians rely on district heating.