Tajikistan: Regional Power Transmission Project

Sovereign Project | 43150-022

Summary

The Project will help Tajikistan achieve energy security. It will improve regional connectivity and support power trade. The Project will also improve energy efficiency and overall performance in the power sector.

Physical: The project will build two new 220 kV single-circuit transmission lines totaling 140 km of overhead line (OHL). It will also rehabilitate in whole or part six transmission substations at Kairakkum, Asht, Geran, Rumi, Baipaza, and Regar. A third output is to put in place a SCADA system linked to a National Dispatch Centre in Dushanbe, and 32 priority substations across the country (capable of expansion to 204 national substations). The construction of these facilities will be done through three design, supply and install contracts, including testing and commissioning.

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Project Name Regional Power Transmission Project
Project Number 43150-022
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0213-TAJ: Regional Power Transmission Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 122.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Project will help Tajikistan achieve energy security. It will improve regional connectivity and support power trade. The Project will also improve energy efficiency and overall performance in the power sector.

Physical: The project will build two new 220 kV single-circuit transmission lines totaling 140 km of overhead line (OHL). It will also rehabilitate in whole or part six transmission substations at Kairakkum, Asht, Geran, Rumi, Baipaza, and Regar. A third output is to put in place a SCADA system linked to a National Dispatch Centre in Dushanbe, and 32 priority substations across the country (capable of expansion to 204 national substations). The construction of these facilities will be done through three design, supply and install contracts, including testing and commissioning.

Nonphysical: The project will implement a sector operational performance improvement program targeting Barki Tojik and comprising the following activities: (i) development of program strategic and business plans and corporate governance changes; (ii) commercial, operating and financial plans; (iii) project management and training; (iv) preparation of accounting and management information systems; and (v) preparation of technical or operational performance audits. The program also includes reviews of sector-wide policy and institutional issues followed by sector reform program with specific action plans and their implementation. The reform program will be supported by ADB through the proposed project implementation. Least-cost sector infrastructure development master plan is an additional output.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is critical for energy security in Tajikistan. It targets the expansion and modernization of the electricity transmission network and paves the way for much needed reforms. Transmission network modernization is a precondition to cutting system losses, improving energy efficiency, and facilitating energy trade with neighboring countries. The latter is a national priority, but also a key goal under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC). Reform focuses mainly on the national utility company, Barki Tojik. This is a precondition for raising key performance indicators, governance, and institutional effectiveness.
Impact Improved reliability of TAJ power supply and for regional power trade.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Upgraded high-voltage transmission network
Progress Toward Outcome The project outcome will be achieved as envisaged.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

New transmission lines constructed

Substations rehabilitated

SCADA system installed.

Barki Tojik operational performance improved.

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

The contract signed on 11 Feb 2013 with Consortium of Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. and Jyoti Structures Ltd. and became effective on 1 April 2013. Works are ongoing on schedule.

The turnkey contract signed on 18 Nov 2013 with Alstom-Genser Consortium and became effective on 23 Dec 2013. Works are ongoing on schedule.

The turnkey contract signed on 22 Aug 2014 with Alstom Grid SAS and became effective on 7 Nov 2014. Works are ongoing on schedule.

The first two phases of the restructuring process has been completed by Barki Tojik. The third phase (implementation of the restructuring plan) is on-going.

Geographical Location Countrywide
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. The transmission lines run through areas with low environmental sensitivities and do not traverse any village or settlement. Distances to any dwelling or settlement will be kept at a minimum of 50 meters. No significant or irreversible impacts are expected with the operation of the new lines. There will be some temporary impacts during the construction phase but appropriate mitigation measures have been developed. Provided the

environmental management and monitoring program is properly implemented, these impacts will not be significant. Barki Tojik's environmental management expertise is low; provisions for training are included in the environmental management budget.

Involuntary Resettlement

Two subprojectsGeran-Rumi and the Kairakhum-Asht transmission lines will cause impacts only on two-thirds and one-third of the alignment, respectively, and affect only small plots occupied by tower bases. These two subprojects will also cause small losses of crops and trees due to stringing operations and the construction of the towers. Overall, the subproject impacts will have minimal effects on the livelihood of affected people. No impact on buildings will occur and no family will have to be resettled. In order to assess and set the mechanisms for the compensation of these impacts, a land acquisition and resettlement plan was prepared in accordance with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).10 Involuntary

resettlement category is B. Under Tajikistan law, few farmers own their lands. This means that no land will be technically acquired and no land compensation will be provided. However, to rehabilitate the affected people for land-use losses, they will receive income from the land occupied by the towers in addition to actual crop compensation.

Indigenous Peoples Classified as category C under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009. The Project is not expected to affect indigenous people as defined under the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The public consultation (PC) process with various stakeholders was carried out on site reconnaissance visits in a period from January 15 to March 3, 2010 in line with ADB guidelines, introducing the projects details and discussing on potential social and environmental impact of the project. Under ADB requirements the environmental assessment process must include meaningful public consultation during the completion of the IEE. In this IEE and social impact assessment the PC process involved public and other stakeholders from the earliest stage of the project, including stakeholder meetings at focal locations in the southern and northern districts along the planned routes to know the opinion of municipalities and related specialists. During the meetings the project has been introduced, the IEE process explained and potential impacts discussed as well as recommendations, comments and concerns/complaints have been collected. Interviews were conducted with local families and communities along the entire transmission line.
During Project Implementation Public consultations and discussions will continue in the future in certain stages of the project implementation.
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Consulting Services

All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

Two consulting firms will be recruited with one to provide project management services and the other to implement operational performance improvement program. Both consulting firms will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (April 2010, as amended from time to time). Quality- and cost-based selection method with technical:cost weighting of 80:20 will be used.

Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Engineering Procurement Construction: Three plant-design, supply and install contracts covering the entire Project will be procured by Barki Tojik using international competitive bidding in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. One plant-design, supply and install contract will cover transmission

lines, the second plant-design, supply and install contract will cover substations, and the third contract will cover SCADA works. Single stage, two-envelope procurement procedure without prequalification will be used.

Responsible ADB Officer Bouadokpheng Chansavat
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Tajikistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Energy and IndustryMr. Pulod Muhiddinov, First Deputy Ministerpulod_m@mail.ru22 Rudaki Avenue, Dushanbe 734012 Republic of Tajikistan
Barki Tojik Joint Stock Holding CompanyBARKI_TOJIK@TAJNET.COM734026, Dushanbe
I. Somoni Str., 64
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 Apr 2010
Fact Finding 05 Apr 2010 to 16 Apr 2010
MRM -
Approval 13 Aug 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 29 Jul 2010
Last PDS Update 24 Mar 2015

Grant 0213-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Aug 2010 16 Sep 2010 19 Oct 2010 31 Aug 2015 30 Apr 2017 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 141.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 122.00 13 Aug 2010 112.98 0.00 93%
Counterpart 19.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Aug 2010 66.32 0.00 54%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

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