Bhutan: Preparing the Bhutan Power Development Project

Sovereign Project | 37399-012

Summary

The TA is designed to (i) expand the nationwide power supply and extend electricity to remote rural households, and (ii) enhance regionwide energy efficiency and cross-border economic cooperation.

These impacts of the TA will be achieved by preparing and strengthening comprehensive project design, feasibility assessment, financing plans, and implementation plans for three components: (i) rural electrification (8,934 households), (ii) interregional transmission links (45 km between Dhajay and Gelephu), and (iii) Dagachhu hydropower development for power export (114 MW run-of-the-river type and 19 km transmission to evacuate power supply).

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Project Name Preparing the Bhutan Power Development Project
Project Number 37399-012
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4916-BHU: Preparing the Bhutan Power Development Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.60 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA is designed to (i) expand the nationwide power supply and extend electricity to remote rural households, and (ii) enhance regionwide energy efficiency and cross-border economic cooperation.

These impacts of the TA will be achieved by preparing and strengthening comprehensive project design, feasibility assessment, financing plans, and implementation plans for three components: (i) rural electrification (8,934 households), (ii) interregional transmission links (45 km between Dhajay and Gelephu), and (iii) Dagachhu hydropower development for power export (114 MW run-of-the-river type and 19 km transmission to evacuate power supply).

To support the Government for promoting hydropower development and its private participation, the TA will also develop proper policy and institutional framework. To meet financing needs for the loan project, financial package will need to be devised through the public-private partnerships where the optimal financing/guaranteeing scheme will be sought from public and private investors and lenders, including bilateral and multilateral banks, or export credit agencies.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
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 A total of 40 person-months of international and 32 person-months of national consulting services will be required for the TA to be implemented over 14 months. The consultant team will consist of eight (8) major expertise: (i) policy aspects, (ii) institutional aspects, (iii) engineering, (iv) economic analysis and evaluation, (v) financial analysis and arrangement, (vi) regulatory and legal aspects, (vii) environmental assessment and management, and (viii) social safeguard development. A consulting firm or consortium of firms will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers, and the TA-financed equipment willl be procured under the ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Kaoru Ogino
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of EnergyThimphu
Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Jul 2006
Fact Finding 04 Oct 2006 to 19 Oct 2006
MRM -
Approval 29 Jan 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 18 Apr 2007
Last PDS Update 07 Oct 2010

TA 4916-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jan 2007 27 Feb 2007 27 Feb 2007 30 Apr 2008 31 Dec 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,600,000.00 0.00 310,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,910,000.00 29 Jan 2007 1,569,552.01

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