Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 14 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 02 May 2014

Project Name Emergency Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project
Country Afghanistan
Project/Program Number 36673-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Pule Khumri - Mazar Sharif - Sheberghan - Andkhoy section of the ring road, including the link to Uzbekistan (Naibabad - Hairatan road) and the Northern provinces.
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Sector Multisector
Subsector Multisector
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1997Asian Development Fund150,000
TOTAL US$ 150,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

The initial findings of the IEE study show that the negative environmental impacts associated with the road and power distribution components are deemed to be minor and the mitigation measures will be incorporated into the contract document for the contractor. The gas component will involve environmental impacts related to hazardous wastes due to unused or damaged equipment that has to be disposed of or chemical wastes due to spillage, leakage, and byproducts. Therefore, an environmental consultant will be hired to assist in preparing a waste management plan. Nonetheless, all the proposed mitigation measures for all project components are manageable, and a full environmental impact assessment to assess further impacts of the Project is not required. The Project will generate environmental benefits, particularly because of the availability of electricity, and improve access to basic services due to the improvement of roads. All the proposed mitigation measures are manageable, and therefore a full Executing Implementation Agency to assess further impacts of the Project is not required. It is, however, recommended that the implementing agency (IA) concerned for gas infrastructure neds to be trained to strengthen its capacity to deal with hazardous substance and wastes. The Social Screening Framework as prepared for the Project as required under ADB's social safeguard policy. The framework outlines the policy and procedures for preparation of project components, which require mitigation measures in particular related to land acquisition. The implementing agencies will be responsible for preparing social screening plans (SSP) for subprojects as outlined in this framework and will submit the same to the Executing Agency and ADB for review and approval.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

The SSP for each component will be prepared as follows: The IA concerned with the assistance of the consultant for the road component will carry out social impact assessment surveys for identified project components, based on preliminary technical designs; in case of adverse impact on affected persons, IAs will prepare an SSP for each component, with the assistance of the screening and monitoring consultant, for submission to ADB.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


This emergency assistance infrastructure project was ADB's first project in Afghanistan. The Project included special loan terms, with provisions for flexible application of ADB's Guidelines for Procurement and ADB's Guidelines for the Use of Consultants for emergency assistance projects. The Project comprised four components. (i) Road infrastructure. Repair and rehabilitation of the 392-kilometer (km) section of Afghanistan's Ring Road from Pul-e-Khumri through Naibabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Sheberghan to Andkhoy; and the 55 km link to the Uzbekistan border from Naibabad to Hairatan. Consulting services were recruited for design review, supervision of civil work contracts, project management, and enhancing the maintenance capacity of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). (ii) Power infrastructure. This comprised (a) rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged transmission lines and substations in the northern provinces, (b) urgently needed rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Kabul distribution system, and (c) consulting services for project management and training. It involved construction of a 220 kilovolt (kV) power line from Hairatan at the Uzbekistan border through Naibabad to Pul-e-Khumri; construction of 110 kV line from Naibabad to Mazar-e-Sharif; construction of substations in Khulm and Pule- Khumri; rehabilitation and reconstruction of Kabul electricity distribution network; and seven packages to procure transformers and testing equipment etc. (iii) Gas infrastructure. The gas component comprised (a) provision for two mobile rigs to carry out workover activities for 12 gas wells; (b) provision for two complete well wire line units to carry out down-hole flow tests; (c) supply and installation of one skid-mounted gas sweetening plant; (d) two containerized gas production testing laboratories; (e) repair and reconstruction of corroded gas transmission lines, including pigging facilities and condensate disposal; (f) repair and reconstruction of corroded gas distribution lines, including installation of city gate stations; (g) a cathodic protection system for corrosion mitigation of transmission and distribution pipelines; (h) chemicals, tools, equipment, spare parts, instrumentation, piping and assemblies, and vehicles; (i) consulting services for design, engineering, contract management, and construction supervision; (j) contracting services for gas well rehabilitation, repairs, and reconstruction of gas transmission and distribution facilities; and (k) institutional strengthening and training of the Ministry of Mines and Industries (MMI) and Afghan Gas. (iv) Irrigation infrastructure. The irrigation component (added to the project after loan effectiveness) had three subcomponents that were implemented as designed: (a) implementation support for the Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources, and Environment (MIWRE) Balkh Province regional offices; (b) improved implementation capacity of MIWRE; and (c) civil works to rehabilitate irrigation structures in Balkh Province.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project is consistent with (i) the Government's strategy to improve infrastructure; (ii) ADB's CSP for Afghanistan, 2002-2004; and (iii) ADB's policy on rehabilitation assistance after disasters. In September 2002, agreement was reached between ADB and the Borrower that the proposed rehabilitation and reconstruction of international link roads and damaged bridges, rebuilding of power transmission lines and rehabilitation of gas sector would constitute the Emergency Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project (for $150 million). The Project was designed and the loan was processed in extremely difficult post-war conditions. Because of the emergency nature of the Project, only a short time was used to design the civil works packages, without any project preparatory technical assistance (TA). As planned in September 2002, a TA for Capacity Building for Reconstruction and Development was used from December 2002 to March 2003. However, a lack of institutional capacity and a lack of access for data collection (while Salang tunnel was under repair) made it difficult to carry out complete investigations for the design. This resulted in some cost overruns after detailed design and time extensions during implementation. The irrigation component was quickly processed from September to December 2003 and added to the Project in January 2004. The irrigation component also needed time extensions that could have been avoided if longer time was allocated for the design.

Development Impact

Economic growth and poverty reduction

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Rehabilitate and reconstruct key infrastructure
Progress Towards Outcome
Project completed with a successful rating. Project was financially closed on 1 July 2013.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Road infrastructure Power infrastructure Gas infrastructure Asset management Billing and revenue collection Operation and maintenance
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Of the 392 km of road, 284 km was reconstructed including 80 km of to a higher standard than just repairs with overlay only. Naibabad- Hairatan 55 km road was reconstructed to a higher standard than designed overlay only. On target, except 50 cct-km of 110 kV transmission lines Failed; not implemented Failed; component cancelled Failed; not implemented Failed; not implemented Failed; not implemented. Some partially implemented by an Iranian company, financed by the World Bank Failed; component cancelled Sustainability is rated less likely
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Dec 08
Consulting Services
Consulting services (280 person-months international and 500 person-months domestic) will be required to assist the EA and IAs in project implementation. All consultants financed under the project will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants with the flexibility, wherever essential, provided under emergency assistance projects.
All contracts for civil works and supply of equipment and materials will be divided into suitable contract packages. The contracts have been mostly packaged as turnkey and design-build to ensure delivery within the project implementation period. The civil works contracts exceeding $1 million will be awarded following international competitive bidding procedures. The contracts for equipment and materials valued at $500,000 and below should be procured using international shopping procedures. For equipment and material contracts exceeding $500,000, international competitive bidding procedures will be followed
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 25 Jan 2003 to 11 Feb 2003
Management Review Meeting 31 Mar 2003
Approval 03 Jun 2003
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1997 03 Jun 2003 01 Aug 2003 31 Oct 2003 30 Jun 2013 01 Jul 2013


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Sep 2014 Loan 1997 43,594 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Sep 2014 Loan 1997 43,594 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 1997 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer David Hill (
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Energy and Water(MEW formerly MWP)

Min of Irrig,Water Res & Env; Min of Ener & Water

Ministry of Mines_and Petroleum

Ministry of Public Works

Ministry of Finance
Engineer Ahmad Wali Shairzay


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