Cambodia: Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project

Sovereign Project | 34390-013 Status: Closed

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Project Results



    new households connected to electricity



    MW installed energy generation capacity using conventional and renewable energy sources



    kilometers of transmission lines installed or upgraded

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Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project
Project Number 34390-013
Country Cambodia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2052-CAM: Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 44.30 million
Loan: Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project
Nordic Development Fund US$ 11.00 million
World Bank US$ 16.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward 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.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
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.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

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.

Business Opportunities

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.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Nida Ouk
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Cambodia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Electricite Du Cambodge
Mr. Chan Sodavath
St. 19, Wat Phnom, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh


Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2001
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2003 to 16 Jun 2003
MRM 21 Jul 2003
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Oct 2009
Last PDS Update 14 Jul 2011

Loan 2052-CAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2003 10 Nov 2004 25 Mar 2005 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2010 09 May 2011
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 95.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 44.30 15 Dec 2003 38.90 0.00 100%
Counterpart 23.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 27.00 15 Dec 2003 38.90 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -
Title Document Type Document Date
Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2012
Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2003

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Resettlement Plans Oct 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Resettlement Plans Oct 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jul 2004
CAM: Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2003

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Cambodia: Greater Mekong Subregion Transmission Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Jun 2014

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