Afghanistan: Power Sector Master Plan

Sovereign Project | 43497-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Power Sector Master Plan
Project Number 43497-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7637-AFG: Power Sector Master Plan
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Data collection is conducted through surveys and questionnaires with the help of some international and local consultants. Focal persons in MEW and DABS are appointed for ease of coordination and continuity of involvement in the project. Regular meetings are held to assess and enhance project implementation as needed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Inception and Interim Reports were presented in January and June, respectively. Both presentations were attended by officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

A Draft Final Report was prepared by the TA Consultant in December 2012, and a technical working group (TWG) meeting was held in January 2013 with the representatives from ADB, Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) together with other donor partners to review and provide detailed comments on the report. After incorporating the TWG comments, a high-level presentation of the revised draft final report was held in Apr 2013 to MOF and MEW ministers, DABS Chief Executive Officer, and parliamentarians.

The TA Consultant Report is now available at the ADB website:

Geographical Location Kabul

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA concept was discussed with a number of aid agencies involved in the Afghanistan Power Sector (World Bank, USAID etc.). They have endorsed ADB to support the Master Plan.
During Project Implementation

Hold regular workshops to update stakeholders on progress with master plan preparation and to discuss and debate assumptions and scenarios.

The TA's final report was presented to the Government of Afghanistan, approximately 100 experts from AFG ministries, donors, parliamentaries, academics and aid agencies involved in the Afghanistan Power Sector (World Bank, USAID etc.) during two high-level meetings on Afghanistan's Power Sector Master Plan (2012-2032) chaired by the Minister of Energy and Water and by the Ministry of Finance, respectively.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A team of consultants was recruited through Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) methodology using 80:20 technical:financial weighting. The team is engaged from 1 Dec 2011 to 31 Dec 2012 to prepare a study that will include (i) power demand growth forecast in Afghanistan for the next 20 years; (ii) strategies to meet the said demand growth; (iii) transmission grid development plan; and (iv) analysis of planned power sector interventions by the Government of Afghanistan. In addition, the Consultant will conduct trainings to MEW staff in updating the master plan.

An Inception Report was prepared in Jan 2012 while an Interim Report is submitted in Jun 2012. A Draft Final Report is submitted in Dec 2012, and presented to MEW, DABS and MOF for comments. To incorporate the comments, the TA Consultant contract was extended until 30 Jun 2013. This also covered the high-level presentation of the Revised Final Report to AFG officials and parliamentarians in Apr 2013.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Jim Liston
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 01 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2010 to 13 Mar 2010
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2013

TA 7637-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2010 02 Dec 2010 02 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2011 30 Jun 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 06 Nov 2010 1,408,992.16
Title Document Type Document Date
Power Sector Master Plan TA Completion Reports May 2014
Power Sector Master Plan Consultants' Reports May 2013
Power Sector Master Plan Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2010

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