Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 21 Jan 2010
PDS Updated as of 21 Oct 2013

Project Name CASAREM-Talimarjan Power Generation and Transmission Project
Country Uzbekistan
Project/Program Number 43151-012
Status Closed
Geographical Location Talimarjan, Uzbekistan
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 Conventional energy generation
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Some gender benefits

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance7350Technical Assistance Special Fund600
Technical Assistance7350Technical Assistance Special Fund1,500
Counterpart 375
TOTAL US$ 2,475

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations were carried out with the Executing Agency, Management of Talimarjan Power Plant, and the Government. Adequate field investigations, surveys, and stakeholder consultations with central and local governments,NGOs, the private sector, consumers including vulnerable groups and major development partners in the power sector, were conducted during the preparation of the Project.
During Project Implementation
Consultations continued to be carried out with the Executing Agency, Management of Talimarjan Power Plant, and the Government.

Description

The original aim of the TA was to prepare the Talimarjan Power Project for ADB financing. The Project will increase the generation capacity and strengthen the transmission network in Uzbekistan. The TA scope was expanded to include assistance to the EA in procuring the main power plant contract. Consultants were recruited using ADB grant funds to (i) conduct Project due diligence in order to prepare the Report and Recommendation of the President (RRP) for submission to ADB Board; (ii) assist the EA in preparing bidding documents for procurement of contractors to construct the Project, and in preparing Request for Proposals (RfP) for Implementation Consultants to audit the design and supervise the works of the contractor(s); and (iii) assist the EA in evaluating technical and price proposals for the contractor, bid evaluation, and contract negotiations.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

During the Soviet era, Central Asian Republic (CAR) countries conducted extensive trade in electricity whereby surplus energy was exported from hydro rich countries in summer with their winter deficits covered by imports from fossil fuel rich countries. Since 1990, this trade has collapsed to 10% of historical levels. The Talimarjan Power Project aims to help in restoring regional trade by removing transmission network constraints and increasing generation capacity in Uzbekistan (UZB). The Project will also improve UZB domestic electricity supply and reduce GHG emission per unit generated. The TA aimed to support the development of a Central Asian South Asian Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM). CASAREM will help resolve regional power capacity and power supply/demand mismatch through a phased series of regional investment and technical assistance projects. Due to the network design, UZB serves as a regional electricity hub for Central Asia Power System (CAPS) and stability of the UZB grid plays an important role for power supply in all CAPS member countries. The Project prepared under the TA will increase the generation capacity, and strengthen the transmission network in UZB. The Project will (i) allow UZB to increase its exports of electricity to regional markets such as Afghanistan (AFG) and Tajikistan (TAJ), (ii) remove transmission constraints currently restricting transit of electricity from Turkmenistan (TKM) to TAJ via UZB, (iii) eliminate load shedding in UZB during winter peak period when there is currently insufficient generation and (iv) increase average generation efficiency thereby reducing emissions of green house gases per megawatt (MW) generated.

Development Impact

" Increased regional trade in electric energy " Reliable domestic and regional electric supply.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Project design, sector roadmap and policy framework agreed by ADB and the Government
Progress Towards Outcome
Achieved.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Analysis of electric sector including justification of project need 2. Assessment of appropriateness of project technical design 3. Project financial and economic analysis and financial assessment of Uzbekenergo 4. Environmental Impact Assessment 5. Social safeguard assessment to include LARP, Poverty and Social analysis, and IPDP (if required) 6. Bid specifications for project implementation 7. Tender evaluation
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Outputs 1 to 7 completed. Following the procurement schedule for the EPC contract of the ensuing Project, the TA was extended from the original completion date of 31 Dec 2010 to (i) 19 May 2011, (ii) 31 Dec 2011, (iii) 30 Sep 2012, and (iv) 31 Dec 2012. On 11 Jan 2011, minor changes in scope were approved to expand the consulting firm and financial consultant's inputs. On 10 March 2011, the TA amount was increased by $600,000 to engage commercial, procurement, and legal experts. Another minor change in scope was approved on 13 Jan 2012 to allow the financial analyst to help the EA recruit the auditor for the ensuing Project.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2009 Aug 29
Consulting Services
A consulting firm comprising international consultants (engineers) was engaged for a total of 38.87 person-months from May 2010 to November 2012. Individual consultants comprising international and national consultants of various expertise were engaged for a total of 1,538 working days from October 2009 to November 2012.
Procurement
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/43151-012/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 19 Aug 2009
Fact-finding
Management Review Meeting
Approval 21 Sep 2009
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 7350 21 Sep 2009 06 Oct 2009 06 Oct 2009 31 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2012

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 7350 2,100 2,100 2,085 15 2,085 15

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Keiju Mitsuhashi (kmitsuhashi@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies UzbekEnergo
Mr. Iskandar Basidov, Chairman, Uzbekenergo

Uzbekenergo
Mr. Botir M. Teshabaev

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/43151-012/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/43151-012/documents