Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 04 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 17 Mar 2014

Project Name West Zone Power System Development Project
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 31296-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Dhaka, Khulna Central and South West Region of the country
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)
Loan1884Asian Development Fund60,200
Loan1885Ordinary capital resources138,700
TOTAL US$ 198,900

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental - The Borrower shal ensure that the Project Executing Agencies undertake their respective Parts of the Project in compliance with the Environmental Assessment Requirements of the bank, 1998 and the Environmental Guidelines for Selected Infrastructure Projects, 1993, as amended from time to time. The Borrower shall ensure that the Project Executive Agencies ensure for their respective Parts of the Project, the environmental mitigation measures identified in the summary initial environmental examination are incorporated and followed during construction, operation and maintenance of Project facilities, in accordance with the Bank's Environmental Guidelines for Selected Infrastructure Projects, 1993, as amended from time to time. Social Issues - The Borrower shall ensure that PGCB shall implement land acquisition, routing of transmisison lines, and payment of compensation under the Project on a timely basis in accordance with the Resettlement Plan agreed upon by the Borrower, and the Bank in accordance with the Bank's Policy on Involuntary Resettlement and the Bank's Handbook on Resettlement, 1998, as amended from time to time. The Borrower shall ensure that PGCB shall complete along each section of the final two (2) transmission routes, prior to the commencement of each stage of construction activities in that section (i) a census; (ii) an estimation of the losses; and (iii) a socio-economic survey of the affected persons. No construction work under a section shall commence till the compensation for the persons affected by that work has been assessed and paid to the affected persons.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Consultations were carried out with the Executing Agencies and some of the affected persons during project preparation.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objectives of the Project are to (i) increase electrification in Southwest Bangladesh; (ii) enable evacuation and economic utilization of the power generated from the projects being contracted at Baghabari and Bheramara; and (iii) reduce losses and improve reliability of the existing transmission and distribution systems in southwest Bangladesh.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project furthers the ongoing power sector reforms to (i) improve governance, (ii) build long-term institutional capacity, (iii) improve efficiencies, and (iv) facilitate private sector participation. (i) Changes in the business environment through corporatization, commercialization, and increasing private sector participation; (ii) Institutional improvements in BPDB and DESA through introduction of modern management practices; (iii) Creation of new sector agencies that could serve as role models for the sector; (iv) Enlarging the scope of the Palli Biddyut Samiti (PBSs); and (v) Strengthening the long-term planning and regulatory processes in the sector. The Project addresses items (i), (iii), and (iv) of this strategy. Item (ii) is an ongoing process and item (v) has partly addressed through the Power Sector Master Plan, the creation of the Power Cell and the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission.

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 2007 Feb 04
Consulting Services
Consulting services will be required for Part A, B and C of the Project to: (i) review the current designs and engineering; (ii) design a new training curriculum based on a needs survey; (iii) organize training for staff; and (iv) help computerize management systems.
Procurement of goods and services financed by ADB will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. To accelerate the implementation of the Project, the executing agencies will be allowed advance procurement action.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 06 Jun 2000
Fact-finding 07 May 2001 to 17 May 2001
Management Review Meeting 19 Sep 2001
Approval 17 Dec 2001
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1884 17 Dec 2001 17 Jan 2002 07 Nov 2002 30 Sep 2006 30 Jun 2008 21 Jun 2010
Loan 1885 17 Dec 2001 17 Jan 2002 07 Nov 2002 30 Sep 2006 31 Mar 2010 08 Nov 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1884 47,809 0 97.00%
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1885 100,440 0 87.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1884 49,273 0 100.00%
22 Sep 2014 Loan 1885 114,827 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 1884
Loan 1885

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Rahman Murshed (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Power Grid Company of Bangladesh, Ltd.(PGCB)
Mr. Md. Ruhul Amin

Rural Electrification Board_(REB)
Mr. Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam

Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources


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