Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 16 Oct 2009
PDS Updated as of 17 Mar 2014

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project
Country Cambodia
Project/Program Number 34390-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location
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 and/or Subsector Classification Energy
/ Electricity Transmission and Distribution
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2052Asian Development Fund44,300
Counterpart 23,700
TOTAL US$ 68,000

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

The Project has been assessed as falling into environment category B. The construction and operation of the proposed Project are unlikely to have any major adverse environmental impacts. A low-impact route has been selected for the transmission line, with an emphasis on avoiding settlements, minimizing line length, and providing easy access to the line for construction and maintenance. The Project will cause significant involuntary resettlement. It will use paddy land for two substations and take over land occupied by productive trees. The impact has been minimized by routing the transmission line away from built-up areas.

Environmental Aspects
The Project has been assessed as falling into environment category B. The construction and operation of the proposed Project did not have any major adverse environmental impacts. A low-impact route has been selected for the transmission line, with an emphasis on avoiding settlements, minimizing line length, and providing easy access to the line for construction and maintenance. The Project did not cause significant involuntary resettlement. It used paddy land for two substations and take over land occupied by productive trees. The impact was minimized by routing the transmission line away from built-up areas.
Involuntary Resettlement
A resettlement plan was prepared and implementation of all resettlement activities were completed.
Indigenous Peoples
The social analysis shows that all vulnerable groups are Khmer, but not indigenous people.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
A stakeholder analysis was undertaken during the social assessment and has contributed to the resettlement planning process.
During Project Implementation
Stakeholder consultations were undertaken during project implementation.

Description

The main components of the project will be: (i) construction of a double circuit 220 kv transmission line approximately 110 km. long from the Vietnamese borders to Phnom Penh, associated substations and distribution works in Phnom Penh; (ii) construction of a power supply to affected households along the transmission line route; (iii) rehabilitation and expansion of the generating and distribution systems (22 kv and LV) in selected provincial towns; (iv) provide training to EDC staff and capacity building for the Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC); and (v) undertake studies of the feasibility of some small hydropower projects and prepare bidding documents.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government?s Second Socioeconomic Development Plan 2001?2005 targets (i) economic growth for poverty reduction, (ii) development of the private sector, and (iii) good governance. This is supported by the national poverty reduction strategy (2003?2005). The country strategy and program update identifies three priority areas for ADB support, namely rural economic development, human resources development, and private sector development. The proposed project is fully consistent with ADB?s and the Government?s strategy for the sector and with ADB?s subregional strategy.

Development Impact

(i) stimulate trade and economic growth in the subregion by promoting the provision of sustainable and reliable electricity at affordable prices to consumers in Cambodia; (ii) promote socioeconomic development and poverty reduction in Cambodia by enhancing accessibility to electricity on the part of the poor by continuing to reduce the high up-front connection costs.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
1. Promote the provision of sustainable and reliable electricity at affordable prices to consumers in Cambodia; and 2. Enhance accessibility for the poor by promoting a pro-poor policy environment in the sector
Progress Towards Outcome
1. The Project has achieved the expected outcome of providing sustainable and reliable electricity at affordable prices to consumers in the project towns. Takeo and Phnom Penh have used reliable and cheaper electricity sources from Viet Nam since March and May 2009, respectively. Since the connection of power from Viet Nam commenced, the supply of power in Phnom Penh almost meets the demand compared with major shortages of power before the connection of the lines. The average purchase price of $0.065 to $0.07 per kWh of electricity sourced from Viet Nam is cheaper than the average cost of about $0.17/KWh of power sourced from local diesel generators. 2. Construction of 22 kV distribution lines connecting 22 villages, where about 2,920 families live, was completed. EDC has issued an instruction that allows poor customers to pay connection fees in installments and also offered low-cost, 5-ampere capacity connections to poor customers.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Construction of the 230 kV transmission line from the Viet Nam border to the Phnom Pen substation was completed. The power line has been transmitting electrical power from Viet Nam to the Phnom Penh substation since 8 May 2009; 2. 22 kV distribution lines for bulk supply to affected communities living along the transmission route was completed; 3. An environment and resettlement unit was established; 4. Affected people received compensation according to the resettlement plan.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
1. Construction of the 230 kV transmission line from the Viet Nam border to the Phnom Pen substation was completed. The power line has been transmitting electrical power from Viet Nam to the Phnom Penh substation since 8 May 2009; 2. 22 kV distribution lines for bulk supply to affected communities living along the transmission route was completed; 3. An environment and resettlement unit was established; 4. Affected people received compensation according to the resettlement plan.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2009 Jul 02
Consulting Services
The project implementation consultants (PIC) and all other consultants will be recruited and supervised by EDC in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants. The PIC will (i) prepare preliminary designs and documents to pre-qualify the bidders and for bidding of the works, (ii) assist with evaluation, (iii) supervise construction, (iv) organize implementation of the Resettlement Plan, and (v) recruit the independent resettlement monitoring organization.
Procurement
All procurement financed by ADB will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guildeines for Procurement. The major works for the ADB financed portion of the project will be procured from pre-qualified contractos for (i) a turnkey contract for the transmission lines, and (ii) a turnkey contract for the substations at Takeo and West Phnom Penh. Procurement for project components financed by World Bank and NDF will be made under their procurement guidelines.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/34390-013/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 05 Jun 2003 to 16 Jun 2003
Management Review Meeting 21 Jul 2003
Approval 15 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2052 15 Dec 2003 10 Nov 2004 25 Mar 2005 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2010 09 May 2011

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2052 38,374 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2052 38,898 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 2052 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Michael Bristol ( @adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Cambodia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Electricite Du Cambodge
Mr. Chan Sodavath

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/34390-013/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/34390-013/documents