India: Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign Project | 41614-035

Summary

Tranche 3 of the MFF investments will provide sustainable state power sector with increased distribution capacity to support inclusive and low carbon economic growth by (i) increasing the in-state power sales to match growing demand relative to 2008 baseline of 2,650 GWh meeting the demand increase as per the estimate for 2014, and (ii) improving the State Gross Domestic Product per capita relative to baseline of 2009 (Rs. 18,598 /capita). The expected outcome of Tranche 3 will be the enhanced quality and expanded service delivery of electricity in Assam through improved technical, commercial, and financial performance and capability of the distribution utility by (i) indirectly helping Government of Assam's (GOA) Sector Road Map of achieving village electrification and household electrification to 100%, and (ii) by reducing the system losses from 35% (6% Transmission, 29% Distribution) in 2008 to 19% (4% Transmission, 15% Distribution) in 2014.

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Project Name Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3
Project Number 41614-035
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2800-IND: Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3
Ordinary capital resources US$ 33.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description Tranche 3 of the MFF investments will provide sustainable state power sector with increased distribution capacity to support inclusive and low carbon economic growth by (i) increasing the in-state power sales to match growing demand relative to 2008 baseline of 2,650 GWh meeting the demand increase as per the estimate for 2014, and (ii) improving the State Gross Domestic Product per capita relative to baseline of 2009 (Rs. 18,598 /capita). The expected outcome of Tranche 3 will be the enhanced quality and expanded service delivery of electricity in Assam through improved technical, commercial, and financial performance and capability of the distribution utility by (i) indirectly helping Government of Assam's (GOA) Sector Road Map of achieving village electrification and household electrification to 100%, and (ii) by reducing the system losses from 35% (6% Transmission, 29% Distribution) in 2008 to 19% (4% Transmission, 15% Distribution) in 2014.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Investment Program will (i) strengthen power transmission capacity to deliver reliable and affordable electricity, (ii) improve access to electricity in distribution through grid electricity and off-grid renewable and conventional energy-based electricity, (iii) enhance efficiency and quality of power supply, (iv) ensure financial health of the power sector through continued reform, and (v) promote private sector participation. The Investment Program includes a capacity development program component to meet the increasing management capacity requirements.

The MFF is particularly well suited for the Investment Program because (i) its aim is to support GOA's long-term objectives, as stated in the T&D road map; (ii) the performance of ongoing projects under the MFF can guide the provision of subsequent loans, thereby offering proper incentives for implementation; and (iii) the MFF can offer the flexibility required for the Investment Program to support participation of the utilities at different stages of readiness.

Impact Enhanced quality and expanded service delivery of electricity in Assam
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome APDCL becomes sustainable company with increased efficiency and distribution network capacity
Progress Toward Outcome --Implementation ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Constructed and augmented distribution lines and substations, and conclusion of electrification programs

Renovated and modernized distribution substations.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Overall implementation of the Loan 2800 is satisfactory and is rated "on track" by the end of Q1 2015. All procurement packages have been contracted and disbursement of funds is ongoing. As of February 2015, contract awards is 88% against the total loan amount and disbursement is 83%. Physical progress is 85%.
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects In accordance with SPS 2009, the Project is classified as category B for environment. An IEE, which details the potential environmental impacts, EMP, institutional requirements and corresponding budget for EMP implementation, was prepared following the requirements of SPS 2009, EARF, and the Environmental Assessment Guidelines 2003 (Annex 6 of Appendix 1). Preliminary public consultation was completed by the EA in May 2011 and the IEE was disclosed in the websites of ASEB and ADB. The lands to be acquired for new substations are primarily Government-owned, barren land, located outside towns and villages. No project site will encroach national parks, wildlife areas, cultural heritage sites or any environmentally-sensitive areas such as forest lands. No endangered, rare, or threatened species of flora or fauna have been reported at any of the project sites. The project-associated environmental impacts are only during construction, temporary and could be mitigated with appropriate mitigation measures given in the EMP. No felling or clearing of trees will be involved during construction. Overall, the project will improve the reliability of power supply and is expected to cause long-term beneficial impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design APDCL consulted with stakeholders, including affected communities, during the design stage. During the preparatory stages, consultants were carried out with various stakeholders and government officials concerned. Local communities were consulted as part of the social and resettlement study to gather their views on the proposed projects. All affected people were consulted on a one-to-one basis through questionnaire surveys. Additionally, focus group discussions were conducted within the project influence areas.
During Project Implementation Consultation will continue during the entire project cycle according to a stakeholder participation plan.
Business Opportunities
Procurement Goods, equipment, and civil work to be financed under the tranche will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2010, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding (ICB) will be used for civil works and turnkey contracts, while national competitive bidding (NCB) will be used for contracts for goods and equipment estimated to cost less than $1.0 million, subject to review by ADB. Advanced contracting is envisaged. A procurement plan is presented in Appendix 4. As ASEB staff are experienced and fully familiar with ADB procedures, and implementation, consultants are not employed. In the unlikely event of needing consultants, they will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (ADB 2010, as amended from time to time), and financed by the loan.
Responsible ADB Officer Jyotirmoy Banerjee
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd.PMU_ASEB@REDIFFMAIL.COMAssam State Electricity Board ,
4th Floor Bijuleen Bhawan Paltan Bazar,
Guwahati-781001
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 04 Nov 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

Loan 2800-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Nov 2011 27 Feb 2012 16 Apr 2012 31 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 56.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 33.30 04 Nov 2011 30.85 0.00 93%
Counterpart 23.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 04 Nov 2011 25.88 0.00 78%

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2013) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2014
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3 Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2011
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 3 Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2011
Assam Power Sector Enhancement Investment Program: Resettlement Plan for Tranche 3 Components (Draft) Resettlement Planning Documents Jun 2011

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