Koridori Srbije Ltd (Morava Motorway)
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group, signed a contract of guarantee of up to 13 years, for €411.4 million, effective March 15, 2022, providing Non-Honoring of Financial Obligations (NHSFO) coverage to (i) JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. London Branch, (ii) CaixaBank, S.A., (iii) Banco Santander, S.A., (iv) UBS Switzerland AG, (v) Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and (vi) Raiffeisen Bank International AG (the Lenders), for their non-shareholder loans (including interest) to the Government of Serbia (GoS) represented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), in support of the Morava Corridor Motorway Project in the Republic of Serbia (the Project).
MIGA later supported an increase of the initial loans provided by the Lenders. The top-up, which became effective on September 1, 2023, resulted in €101.936 million in new exposure for MIGA.
The Project consists of a greenfield 112-kilometer (“km”) dual-carriageway tolled motorway, within a 900 meter right of way, located approximately 200 km south of Belgrade, in a low-level flood plain running east/west along the West Morava River Valley. The Project also includes (i) above ground structures such as interchanges, bridges, culverts, and over/under passes; (ii) a telecommunication network (digital corridor) supported by power lines and communication cables to connect the telecom stations within the motorway (at rest areas, parking lots, and near traffic loops) and to manage traffic through various traffic control, surveillance, and tolling systems; and (iii) river regulation works intended to protect the Project and its surrounding areas from flooding.
The motorway spans from Pojate on the A1 (the North-South motorway in central Serbia) through Kruševac and up into Preljina, near Čačak. Due to the heterogenous characteristics and requirements along the route, the Morava Highway will be divided in three sections: Pojate-Kruseva (circa 28km), Krusevac-Adrani (c. 53km) and Adrani-Preljina (c. 31km).
Ownership of the Project sits with the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and Corridors of Serbia, a division of said Ministry that oversees the development and construction phases of the Project.
The Project is a Category A under MIGA’s Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability (2013). Click here for the Project’s Environmental and Social Review Summary.
The Project will improve road quality by reducing travel time and ensuring higher safety standards, while contributing to improved connectivity in the Morava basin. The Project will also strengthen its climate resilience and that of its neighboring areas by including climate allowances in its design (e.g., road drainage and river regulation works). In addition to leading to adoption by the Project of the Performance Standards (PS), MIGA helps the GoS secure cost-effective financing.