Afghanistan: Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5

Sovereign Project | 42094-075

Summary

The project consists of construction and commissioning of a 500-kV/220-kV substation at Dashte Alwan (near Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan) to connect to a 500-kV transmission line traversing the Hindukush mountains via the Salang Pass route. The project will augment the existing 300-MW transmission capacity between northern and southern Afghanistan by an additional 1,000 MW, to initally allow indigenous generation, as well as power import from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to supply Afghanistan's domestic needs.

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Project Name Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5
Project Number 42094-075
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0377-AFG: Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5
Asian Development Fund US$ 49.10 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project consists of construction and commissioning of a 500-kV/220-kV substation at Dashte Alwan (near Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan) to connect to a 500-kV transmission line traversing the Hindukush mountains via the Salang Pass route. The project will augment the existing 300-MW transmission capacity between northern and southern Afghanistan by an additional 1,000 MW, to initally allow indigenous generation, as well as power import from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to supply Afghanistan's domestic needs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is related to another ADB-assisted power project, the North-South Power Transmission Enhancement Project, which will construct a (i) 225-km 500-kV transmission line from north to south Afghanistan, and (ii) 500-kV substation at the southern end of this 500-kV line in south west Kabul.

The project is identified in Afghanistan power master plan (2012-32) and in the Afghanistan National Energy Supply Program as the link most needed to meet the country's future power needs.

Impact Better and cost-effective power supply to all customers
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Sustainable power supply in northern, eastern and southern Afghanistan
Progress Toward Outcome The Submission 1 for recruitment of project implementation consultant has been approved by ADB and the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued to the 6 shortlisted firms on 1 March 2015 with Proposals submission date of 20 April 2015. The bidding documents for the design, supply, installation of 500 kV/220 kV substation at Dashte Alwan (Pul-e-Khumri), were issued on 17 December 2014; the bid closing date was 25 February 2015 then extended to 18 March then to 6 April 2015. More than 18 interested firms have purchased the bidding documents. Contracts are expected to be awarded in Q3 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Commissioning of a 500-kV substation at Dashte Alwan
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Dashte Alwan
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environmental categorization of the project is B in accordance with ADB s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS 2009). An IEE was prepared and disclosed on ADB's website on 22 August 2013 in accordance with SPS. The current security situation makes it difficult to undertake wide-scale public consultation; however, representatives of affected people were consulted during preparation of the LARP. Additional public consultations will be conducted as part of the LARP updating during implementation. The draft LARP was disclosed on the ADB website on 22 August 2013. The IEE and environment monitoring plan will be updated prior to construction activity. The substation site has low environmental sensitivities with no significant environmental impacts expected during construction and operation phases. The environmental management plan has been prepared as part of the IEE to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to handle the environmental impacts. PMO staff is involved in similar projects financed by ADB and they have sufficient capacity to manage the environmental safeguards. Environmental specialists of the implementation consultants will also provide support to the PMO. The environmental assessment review framework was updated and disclosed on ADB's website on 3 September 2013.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is category B for involuntary resettlement safeguard. A LARP has been prepared based on project design, in close consultation with affected farming community, and disclosed on ADB's website on 22 August 2013. A socioeconomic survey was carried out in June 2013. DABS will update the LARP after finalizing the detailed design and submit it to ADB for approval before physical works can begin.
Indigenous Peoples The project is categorized C for indigenous peoples safeguard. The field social survey found no ethnic minority, as described in SPS 2009, involved or affected by the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project has limited scope for stakeholder engagement since it involves construction of upstream power sector infrastructure. Information sharing will relate to the siting of infrastructure in relation to land acquisition.
During Project Implementation Consultations with all stakeholders will be undertaken during implementation and construction works. A process and modality for such consultative process of dialogue is already institutionalized under the earlier 4 tranches of MFF. The land acquisition and resettlement plans and environment management plans will be updated in requisite intervals.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PMO established in DABS under previous tranches will be responsible for project implementation. An implementation consultant will be recruited to assist the PMO. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and Its Borrowers (2013, as amended from time to time). Implementation consultant will be recruited using the quality- and cost-based selection method. Least-cost selection will be used for auditing services.
Procurement Procurement of works and goods to be financed under the project will be undertaken in accordance with ADB''s Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding will be used for the turnkey contract 500-kV substations package.
Responsible ADB Officer Asad Aleem
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Da Afghanistan Breshna SherkatChaman Houzouri,Kabul,Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 11 Sep 2013
Approval 04 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2015

Grant 0377-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2013 14 Dec 2013 10 Mar 2014 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 53.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 49.10 04 Dec 2013 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 3.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 04 Dec 2013 0.00 0.00 0%

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