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.