Viet Nam: Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA

Sovereign Project | 40255-043

Summary

The proposed Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Technical Assistance Project (the TA will assist the Government of Viet Nam to prepare detailed designs for and support implementation of the ensuing Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project (the Investment Project). The Investment Project is located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Viet Nam, within Dong Thap, An Giang and Can Tho provinces. It will improve transport services across and within the Central Mekong Delta through construction of a section of the Second Southern Highway (SSH) that the Government is developing to connect Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) with the presenly-isolated south-western region of the length of 5000 meters (m) across two branches of the Mekong River, and about 25 kilometers (km) of interconnecting road.

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Project Name Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA
Project Number 40255-043
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Technical Assistance Project (the TA will assist the Government of Viet Nam to prepare detailed designs for and support implementation of the ensuing Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project (the Investment Project). The Investment Project is located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Viet Nam, within Dong Thap, An Giang and Can Tho provinces. It will improve transport services across and within the Central Mekong Delta through construction of a section of the Second Southern Highway (SSH) that the Government is developing to connect Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) with the presenly-isolated south-western region of the length of 5000 meters (m) across two branches of the Mekong River, and about 25 kilometers (km) of interconnecting road.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This Technical Assistance stems from one fundamental need for the project readiness: preparing the detailed designs for the portion of the Investment Project that ADB and AusAID are considering financing, and ensuring the early availability of social and environmental planning documents for the entire Investment Project's implementation. This is of a particular importance for the ensuing Investment Project because (i) comprehensive project readiness will reduce project start-up delays and expedite implementation of the Investment Project, (ii) responds to the Government's target for construction and commissioning of the Investment Project during 2022-2016, and (iii) reduces Government's loan servicing cost on ADB loan for the Investment Project, and (iv) includes construction supervision and capacity building which are critical for the successful implementation of the Investment Project.

Activities under item (iv) above are usually part of the investment project. The inclusion of construction supervision under the scope of the Technical Assistance is essential for ensuring efficient implementation of a technically complex project, which involves the construction of two large scale cable-stayed bridges. Each bridge will cost around $250 million, and will be significant structures having 350-meter and 450-meter main spans supported by 120-meter high towers, supporting a six-lane roadway more than 50 meters above a major international waterway, the Mekong River. The bridges will be constructed on main foundations that extend 100 meters below and bed level of the river. For bridges of this scale and complexity, the designers' supervision is critical because the structures' technical designs and the method of bridge erection will have to be continually monitored and adjusted as erection loadings change. Without such continuity, from design to supervision, there is a very significant risk of construction delays, litigation and major design and construction errors which may lead to structure failure. This approach has been discussed with the Government, AusAID and internally with transport professionals, and the conclusion is that this continuity of design and supervision is essential for the successful implementation of the Investment Project.

Impact Improved and sustainable road transport connectivity across and within the Central Mekong Delta Region
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Satisfactory implementation of Ensuing Investment Project according to designs and plans acceptable to the Government, ADB, and the cofinanciers.
Progress Toward Outcome

- Detailed designs completed and proof checked

- Contracts for Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges signed in Sep/Oct 2013 and mobilized

- 2 roadworks contract signed and mobilizing. Remaining 3 roadworks contracts were signed in November 2014

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Agreed detailed designs and bidding documents

Updated and agreed safeguards and social action plans

Timely procurement of civil works

Efficient implementation support for the investment project

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

- Designs are agreed and completed

- Updated procurement plan, safeguards and social action plans are disclosed on ADB website under the ensuing project

- Procurement completed in November 2014

- Implementation of investment project started in September 2013 and expected to be completed as scheduled

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the feasibility study of the Project, consultations were held with relevant stakeholders including the communities affected by the road and bridges. The community perspective on the Project, in terms of positive and negative impacts, was discussed and draft social action plan was designed to ensure that a proper communication and coordination is undertaken during the preraration and implementation of the investment project.
During Project Implementation

Cuu Long CIPM together with the local authorities, will be responsible for monitoring all resettlement-related activities. In addition, Cuu Long CIPM engaged an independent monitor to conduct an independent review and evaluation of resettlement activities on a quarterly basis. Environmental monitoring during construction phase includes documentation of affected people's complaints on the Project's environmental performance and the corresponding plan of action or actions taken to resolve such complaints.

To reduce the risk of poor communication and coordination, a project coordinating committee is set up, which is represented by the financiers, central government and provincial people's committee in project provinces and other stakeholders.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require 370 person-months of international consulting services and 1,627 person-months of national consulting services. The expected implementation period is June 2011-December 2016. The consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The TA is complex and requires a high standard of technical qualification from the consultants. Therefore, international consulting firm(s) in association with national consulting firm(s) will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection method with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 and a full technical proposal. Consulting contracts will be on a partial lump sum basis: a lump sum for design and procurement assistance (part A), and time-based for implementation support (part B). In addition, the TA will require 16 person-months of individual consultant services for proof checking the Cao Lanh Bridge designs prepared by the consulting firm. The PMU-MT will recruit these consultants using the individual consultant selection method.

The consulting services contract for the detailed design and implementation support was signed on 18 October 2011 with joint venture of consulting firms including: Wilbur Smith Associates, USA; WSP, Finland; and Yooshin, Korea. Consultant started its services on 24 November 2011.

The consulting services contract for independent proof check was signed on 25 May 2012 with Ove Arup & Parners Hong Kong Ltd. Consultant started its services on 30 May 2012

Procurement ADB's Procurement Guidelines will be applicable in any procurement activities to be financed under the TA. Upon completion, all assets purchased under the TA will be turned over to the MOT.
Responsible ADB Officer Le Dinh Thang
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport80 Tran Hung Dao
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Dec 2010
Fact Finding 14 Sep 2010 to 30 Sep 2010
MRM -
Approval 31 May 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Dec 2014

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 May 2011 20 Jul 2011 20 Jul 2011 31 Dec 2016 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 31 May 2011 11,111,611.36

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA: Fourth Monitoring Report on the Status of Resettlement Implementation Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 9 (April-July 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 6 Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Dong Thap Province Income Restoration Program Resettlement Plans Feb 2015
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Can Tho City Income Restoration Program Resettlement Plans Feb 2015
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA: Third Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 5 Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 4 Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2014
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA: Second Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports May 2014
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 3 Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project: Resettlement and Social Quarterly Report No. 2 Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2013
Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity TA: Social Monitoring Report - Inception Report (August 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2013
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity TA: 1st Quarterly Report Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2013
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Resettlement Plan for Dong Thap Province Resettlement Plans Feb 2013
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Income Restoration Program for Can Tho City Resettlement Plans Feb 2013
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Income Restoration Program for Dong Thap Province Resettlement Plans Feb 2013
Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project: Resettlement Plan for Can Tho City Resettlement Plans Feb 2013

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