Nepal: Rural Electrification, Distribution and Transmission Project

Sovereign Project | 29471-013 Status: Closed

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new households connected to electricity



kliometers of distribution lines installed or upgraded

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Project Name Rural Electrification, Distribution and Transmission Project
Project Number 29471-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1732-NEP: Rural Electrification, Distribution and Transmission Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 50.00 million
Loan 8199-NEP: Rural Electrification, Distribution and Transmission Project
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 10.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objectives of the Project are to develop rural electrification, to reinforce NEA s distribution and transmission systems, and to strengthen NEA s performance. The Project scope will include: (i) rural electrification for about 123,000 new households; (ii) distribution system reinforcement to serve load growth in existing service areas; (iii) 132 kV transmission system development in the Kathmandu Valley and some other locations; (iv) establishing computerized customer billing systems in 15 branch offices; and (v) consulting assistance for other institutional strengthening.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The main objective of ADB's overall operational strategy in Nepal is to achieve a sustainable reduction of poverty. This Project is part of ADB's overall strategy of improving the governance and efficiency of the power sector, promoting a more commercial orientation and increased participation by the private sector in power supply, and expanding rural electrification in support of projects to enhance rural incomes. The Project is included in ADB's 1999 country assistance plan for Nepal.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location The rural electrification schemes are located in the Eastern, Central and Western Regions of Nepal.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Four packages of consulting services will be required and financed under the Project loan. (1) Design and implementation of the transmission reinforcement will require about 10 person months of international consultants. (2) The design and implementation of computerized billing systems will require about 9 person-months of international consultants and 22 person months of local consultants. (3) The inspection and revaluation of NEA s fixed assets, and establishing computer-based records for these, will require about 20 person months of international consultants and 36 person months of local consultants. (4) Assistance to NEA with establishment of distribution district profit centers, to establish profit center accounting procedures and employee incentives for improved performance and efficiency, will require about 9 person months of international consultants and 22 person months of local consultants.
Procurement Distribution and rural electrification materials & equipment; conductors; towers; insulators; hardware; construction of substation; and erection of transmission lines.
Responsible ADB Officer Srinivasan Janardanam
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
Mr. S. K. Pradhan
Durbarmarg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 1999
Fact Finding 02 Mar 1999 to 17 Mar 1999
MRM 14 Jun 1999
Approval 21 Dec 1999
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 13 Dec 2006

Loan 1732-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Dec 1999 13 Jul 2000 14 Mar 2002 30 Jun 2005 31 Dec 2008 19 Dec 2008
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 77.71 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 50.00 21 Dec 1999 37.69 0.00 99%
Counterpart 27.71 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Dec 1999 38.16 0.00 100%

Loan 8199-NEP

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 10.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Title Document Type Document Date
Rural Electrification Project/Program Completion Reports Dec 2011
Rural Electrification, Distribution, and Transmission Project Project Procurement-Related Reviews Mar 2007
Capacity Building in the Department of Irrigation TA Completion Reports Dec 2003
Rural Electrification, Distribution, and Transmission Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 1999

Safeguard Documents

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Evaluation Documents

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