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|PDS Creation Date||21 Nov 2006|
|PDS Updated as of||31 Jul 2007|
|Project Name||Rural Electrification Network Expansion|
|Geographical Location||Districts of Chhukha, Lhuentse, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Punakha, Samtse, Sarpang, and Trashigang.|
|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.|
|Subsector||Electricity Transmission and Distribution|
|Drivers of Change||–|
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories||–|
|Type/Modality of Assistance||Approval Number||Source of Funding||Approved Amount (thousand)|
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The Project will give about 8,000 households access to electricity. About 43% are below the national poverty line of $187 per capital per year. The targeted districts have a sufficient number of poor and vulnerable households among the 20 districts. Social and poverty information was obtained from primary data collected through the ADB study on Socioeconomic Impacts of Rural Electrification (Phase 1 Survey, information from the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HEIS), the Poverty Assessment and Analysis Report 2000, the Comprehensive Food Security Programme Report and rapid rural assessment (RRA). The targeting of poor and vulnerable districts for electrification will avoid the problem of poverty targeting experienced in previous RE projects. The Project, which includes only distribution lines and pole-mounted transformers, is also subject to Bhutan's Environmental Assessment Act 2000. An Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) was prepared to provide adequate environmental assessment. Overall environmental impacts are deemed to be minor. An environmental management and monitoring plan has been prepared. During construction, regular inspections will be conducted, particularly during the rainy season, to ensure that contractors are complying with all clauses in the contract documentation specifying mitigation measures and mechanisms for environmental protection (revegetation and provision of adequate ground cover). On these basis, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not necessary.
BPC has assured that there are no pending cases with regard to land acquisition or involuntary resettlement. BPC has obtained clearance from the National Environmental Commission before any works are allowed to commence.
|During Project Design
|During Project Implementation
|The objectives of the proposed loan are to: (i) Expand the delivery of electricity from existing national hydropower stations as an important and necessary input to rural residents in Bhutan to improve their living standards, conditions for education, and health service delivery; and (ii) provide opportunities for the rural poor to increase their economic productivity, thus creating jobs and raising income.|
|Description of Outcome
|Progress Towards Outcome
|Description of Project Outputs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
|Status of Development Objectives
|Date of First Listing||2006 Nov 21|
An international consulting firm will be recruited in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines for the Use of Consultants and other arrangement acceptable to ADB for the recruitment of domestic consultants. BPC will bid out two separate contracts, one for international consulting and another for domestic consulting. It is estimated that about 5 person-months of international consulting, and 6 person-months domestic consulting, on an intermittent basis, will be required. The international consultant will assist BPC with procurement, design review, and the domestic consultant will assist with the monitoring and evaluation of project details.
Procurement of necessary equipment and materials and civil works for the proposed project will be undertaken in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines for Procurement using ADB's standard bidding documents. Eight packages are expected for equipment and three packages for civil works. Supply packages estimated to cost $500,000 or less, will be procured using International Shopping procedures. Supply packages with an estimated contract value of more than $500,000 will be procured through International Competitive Bidding. The civil works packages will be procured using Local Competitive Bidding.
|Procurement and Consulting Notices
|Fact-finding||28 Apr 2003 to 09 May 2003|
|Management Review Meeting||02 Jul 2003|
|Approval||30 Sep 2003|
|Last Review Mission||–|
|Loan 2009||30 Sep 2003||15 Dec 2003||31 Mar 2004||31 Mar 2007||–||19 Dec 2006|
|Date||Approval Number||ADB (US$ thousand)||Others (US$ thousand)||Net Percentage|
|Cumulative Contract Awards|
|20 Sep 2014||Loan 2009||9,702||0||99.00%|
|20 Sep 2014||Loan 2009||9,759||0||100.00%|
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.
|Sector||Social||Financial||Economic||Others||Safeguards||Project Financial Statements|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kaoru Ogino (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Divisions||Energy Division, SARD|
Bhutan Power Corporation
|List of Project Documents||http://www.adb.org/projects/34374-013/documents|