Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 28 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 20 Oct 2014

Project Name Rural Electrification, Distribution and Transmission Project
Country Nepal
Project/Program Number 29471-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location The rural electrification schemes are located in the Eastern, Central and Western Regions of Nepal.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Energy
Subsector Electricity transmission and distribution
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1732Asian Development Fund50,000
Loan8199OPEC Fund for International Development10,000
Counterpart 27,714
TOTAL US$ 87,714

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental impacts fo the Project will be minor. From the initial stages of study and planning, careful consideration has been given to the 132kV transmission as well as 33kV subtransmission routes alignment to avoid environmentally sensitive areas and places of historical and religious importance. A resettlement plan had been prepared by NEA and published in ADB website.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Consultations with affected persons had been carried out by NEA.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The main objective of ADB's overall operational strategy in Nepal is to achieve a sustainable reduction of poverty. This Project is part of ADB's overall strategy of improving the governance and efficiency of the power sector, promoting a more commercial orientation and increased participation by the private sector in power supply, and expanding rural electrification in support of projects to enhance rural incomes. The Project is included in ADB's 1999 country assistance plan for Nepal.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 28
Consulting Services
Four packages of consulting services will be required and financed under the Project loan. (1) Design and implementation of the transmission reinforcement will require about 10 person months of international consultants. (2) The design and implementation of computerized billing systems will require about 9 person-months of international consultants and 22 person months of local consultants. (3) The inspection and revaluation of NEA s fixed assets, and establishing computer-based records for these, will require about 20 person months of international consultants and 36 person months of local consultants. (4) Assistance to NEA with establishment of distribution district profit centers, to establish profit center accounting procedures and employee incentives for improved performance and efficiency, will require about 9 person months of international consultants and 22 person months of local consultants.
Distribution and rural electrification materials & equipment; conductors; towers; insulators; hardware; construction of substation; and erection of transmission lines.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 02 Mar 1999 to 17 Mar 1999
Management Review Meeting 14 Jun 1999
Approval 21 Dec 1999
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1732 21 Dec 1999 13 Jul 2000 14 Mar 2002 30 Jun 2005 31 Dec 2008 19 Dec 2008


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Oct 2014 Loan 1732 37,687 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Oct 2014 Loan 1732 38,164 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1732
Loan 8199

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Srinivasan Janardanam (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
Mr. S. K. Pradhan


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