Bangladesh: West Zone Power System Development Project

Date: December 2013
Type: Evaluation Reports
Evaluation; Energy
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 31296-013


Over the years, the western region of Bangladesh suffered from power shortages and unreliable power supply, generally attributed to the lack of generation and transmission development in the western region, unavailability of domestic capital for investment, limited foreign exchange debt service capability of the local economy, and poor governance in the power sector. At the time of appraisal, inadequate supply of electricity was a major constraint to economic growth.

Prior to the project, ADB assistance to Bangladesh focused on the greater Dhaka area, given its commercial and political importance to Bangladesh. However, while the greater Dhaka area considerably improved both physically and financially, other regions of the country, particularly the western region, fell behind in development. ADB proposed to correct this imbalance by providing assistance to the western region of Bangladesh as part of its 2001 Country Assistance Program. The project was ADB’s fourth reform-linked project providing assistance to the power sector.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project which aims to maintain sustainable, effective, and efficient power sector institutions and expansion of the customer outreach services in Bangladesh. IED overall assessment: Successful


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up