Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 25 Apr 2013
PDS Updated as of 12 Sep 2014

Project Name Akmola Electricity Distribution Network Modernization and Expansion Project
Country Kazakhstan
Project/Program Number 46933-014
Status Approved
Geographical Location Akmola province, Kazakhstan
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

Project Sponsors



Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
PS7390LIBOR Based Loan
(Conditions Precedent in Process of Implementation)
TOTAL USD 25,000

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Issues AEDC s investment plan envisages a number of activities to (i) reconstruct, repair and add new capacity to the fixed assets, such as substations and distribution lines, as well as (ii) upgrade software systems for power accounting and (iii) install modern measuring devices. ADB ensures that the new environmental and social management system includes appropriate arrangements requiring CAEPCO and AEDC to comply with relevant national laws, ADB s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and other social requirements. AEDC and its contractors will comply with the national labor laws and take measures to conform to the internationally recognized core labor standards in compliance with ADB s Social Protection Strategy.
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Information disclosure and consultations with project stakeholders were conducted during environmental and social assessment for each investment activity undertaken by AEDC in accordance with the company s environmental and social management system.


Akmola Electricity Distribution Network Modernization and Expansion Project1

Objectives and Scope

The proposed transaction is to support expansion, augmentation and modernization of AEDC's electricity distribution network in the Akmola province and in a small area within Astana, the nation's capital. AEDC s investment plan from 2013 to 2015 includes rehabilitation and augmentation of 19 substations, 60km of 110kV lines, 142.8km of 10kV lines and 52 km of 0.4kV lines. Further, it will add 1 new substation, 141km of 35kV lines, 114km of 110kV lines and 2 transformers to AEDC s distribution network as well as additional metering devices to improve the automated system for commercial power balancing and settlements. To promote sustainable economic growth by reducing the risk of network failure in the power distribution system and by improving reliability of electric power supply in the Akmola province and the capital region of Kazakhstan. To encourage and catalyze private sector investment in Kazakhstan s power sector by demonstrating improved operational efficiency/reliability and financial stability under experienced and professional private sector ownership.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Kazakhstan 2012 2016 seeks to increase ADB s involvement in the energy sector, with the aim to modernize the country s aging energy infrastructure. It notes specifically that ADB will support replacement of obsolete energy infrastructure and technologies, and upgrade the transmission network, mainly through private sector or sub-sovereign modalities. The project is therefore fully aligned with the CPS. The project is also in line with the Energy Sector Policy (2009) which highlights energy efficiency improvements in transmission and distribution systems. The policy proposes that ADB will continue to support installation of modern transmissions systems to transmit electricity efficiently from generation facilities to consumers, including upgrading of existing systems to reduce technical losses and enable competition when open access is permitted by law.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
AEDC's regional distribution network in Akmola province and Astana improved
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing
Consulting Services
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2012
Due Diligence Mission
Investment Committee Meeting 22 Jul 2013
Approval 02 Sep 2013

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer (
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Infrastructure Finance Division 1


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