Afghanistan: Development of Mini Hydropower Plants in Badakhshan and Bamyan Provinces

Sovereign Project | 42094-062 Status: Closed


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Project Name Development of Mini Hydropower Plants in Badakhshan and Bamyan Provinces
Project Number 42094-062
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9128-AFG: Development of Mini Hydropower Plants in Badakhshan and Bamyan Provinces
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 12.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Renewable energy generation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Design and supervision consultants, intermittently fielded from August 2011, completed detailed design for 4 mini hydro plants (MHPs) and associated minigrids and prepared bidding documents for 4 MHPs (Topchi, Taqab, Baharaq, Panjab). On 16 June 2014 ADB advised the Government on cancellation of the grant and closure of the Project due to substantial increase in the project cost and insufficient remaining grant balance to complete construction. Using prepared documents DABS may proceed with its own financing or propose the project for financing by other donors.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The Grant is being cancelled, therefore DABS using detail engineering design and bidding documents prepared under the project may finance construction of MHPs from its own resources or invite a financier.

During the pre-construction phase more than 70 technical staff and engineers from DABS in Kabul and Bamyan and Badakhshan received training on planning and contract management.

Because of the Grant cancellation further trainings on operations and maintenance might be received under other projects (Gereshk for example).

Geographical Location Topchi, Bamyan Province,Baharak, Badakhshan Province

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Initial Environmental Examination Reports (IEEs) have been prepared for the 4 MHPs based on detailed/final design and will soon be submitted to ADB for review. After the review and approval, the IEEs will be translated into local languages for disclosure in each respective project sites.
Involuntary Resettlement Separate Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plans have been prepared for Tagab, Panjab & Baharak Mini Hydro Power Plants and submitted to ADB for review. The comments of ADB on the 3 LARPs have been communicated back to the consultant to be incorporated and, subsequently, approved by government and ADB for disclosure and implementation. Involuntary Resettlement impact is not significant in these 3 MHPs and thus it is categorized as IR category B subprojects.
Indigenous Peoples No negative effects on indigenous peoples are expected; benefits should accrue evenly to all sections of the population regardless of ethnicity.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Project design consultants fielded in April 2011 and DABS were carrying out an extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders including government agencies, project beneficiaries and affectees, civil socity and international development partners. The design consultants prepared bidding documents for international competitive bidding.
During Project Implementation CWEN/AFRM held consultation with Ministry of Finance and DABS on four options to proceed with the project implementation including cancellation of the grant.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Recruitment of consultants will be in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). A total of 267.0 person-months (83.5 person-months for international and 183.5 person-months for national of consulting services will be required under the Project. A consulting firm will be recruited using the quality- and cost-based selection method with an 80:20 quality-to-cost weighting scheme. The proposal will be a full technical proposal.
Procurement All procurement will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). National competitive bidding will be adopted for civil works contracts equal to and below $2 million as well as for goods contracts between $100,000 and $500,000. International competitive bidding will be used for civil works contracts above $2 million and for goods contracts above $500,000. For civil works and goods contracts below $100,000 shopping may be used, and direct purchase may be used for contracts below $10,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Asad Aleem
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
Dr. Jalil Shams
near Kabul Nandari, Kabul, Afghanistan


Concept Clearance 09 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 01 Feb 2009 to 05 Feb 2009
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 May 2009
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2014

Grant 9128-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Nov 2008 01 Feb 2009 01 Feb 2009 29 Feb 2012 28 Feb 2014 30 Oct 2014
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 28 Nov 2008 0.00 2.01 17%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 12.00 28 Nov 2008 0.00 2.01 17%

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