India: Green Energy Corridor and Grid Strengthening Project

Sovereign Project | 44426-016

Summary

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Forum of Regulators commissioned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Powergrid) to conduct a Green Energy Corridor study to identify requisite nationwide transmission investments required to accommodate the anticipated additional renewable energy generation capacity targeted during India's 12th Five Year Plan (2013-2017) and beyond. Powergrid is the public sector corporation that is mainly responsible for construction, expansion, operations and maintenance of India's inter-state and inter-regional power transmission network. In order to facilitate transfer of renewable energy from the renewable energy rich states to other states, as well as absorption and smoothing out of the intermittency from such power sources, Powergrid has identified requisite investments totaling over $7 billion in a phased approach to commence during the 12th Five Year Plan.

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Project Name Green Energy Corridor and Grid Strengthening Project
Project Number 44426-016
Country India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Green Energy Corridor and Grid Strengthening Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 500.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Forum of Regulators commissioned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (Powergrid) to conduct a Green Energy Corridor study to identify requisite nationwide transmission investments required to accommodate the anticipated additional renewable energy generation capacity targeted during India's 12th Five Year Plan (2013-2017) and beyond. Powergrid is the public sector corporation that is mainly responsible for construction, expansion, operations and maintenance of India's inter-state and inter-regional power transmission network. In order to facilitate transfer of renewable energy from the renewable energy rich states to other states, as well as absorption and smoothing out of the intermittency from such power sources, Powergrid has identified requisite investments totaling over $7 billion in a phased approach to commence during the 12th Five Year Plan.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project consists of electric transmission system investments in India to facilitate the transfer of renewable energy from the renewable energy rich states to other states, as well as absorption and smoothing out of the intermittency from such power sources. The total project cost is about $1 billion, for which ADB would provide a $500 million project loan. Investments will include transmission lines, substations, and additional components to improve grid stability. This project is a subset of India's 'green energy corridor' initiative to ensure that transmission system development is commensurate with renewable energy capacity development over time. The project will also incorporate increasing interregional transmission capacity between the southern and western regional systems via 765 kV line and related substations. The proposed project will thus improve interstate power flows and system reliability, so that the overall system isLet more accommodating to the growing intermittent renewable energy sources under development in India.
Impact Increased access to reliable clean energy supply
Outcome Expanded transmission system capacity to absorb electricity from renewable energy sources
Outputs

Green energy corridor constructed in the Northern region

Real time measurement and monitoring system operational

Increased grid stability and reduced grid disturbances

Increased western-southern inter-regional grid connectivity

Improved 'smart grid' implementation capability of PGCIL

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse environmental impacts are incorporated in the initial environmental examination, which includes the environmental management plan. Environmental impacts of transmission lines are mostly localized to the right-of-way and can be minimized by careful route selection.
Involuntary Resettlement For the transmission towers and lines, impacts are temporary and will occur during construction in terms of loss of crops and trees which will be compensated. Effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts are incorporated in the relevant documents.
Indigenous Peoples Not expected
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Project was cleared by Government of India for Asian Development Bank to undertake due diligence after inter-ministry consultations in 2014.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder consultation is an ongoing process and will be further up during due diligence.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Project implementation consultants are not envisaged, but consultant support for the smart grid component is required, such that project documentation will include provisions for the possibility for some individual consultants as well as a firm. For consulting firms, QCBS with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 will be used. The Consultants will be engaged in accordance with Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Powergrid will be the executing and implementing agency. A project management unit is in place, headed by a project director. Goods, equipment and civil works to be financed by the ADB loan will be procured in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding (ICB) will be used for civil works and turnkey contracts. National competitive bidding (NCB) may be used for works estimated to cost less than $40.0 million. Advanced contracting and/or retroactive financing are envisaged. ADB has 4 ongoing projects with Powergrid and knows their implementation capacity well.
Responsible ADB Officer Andrew Jeffries
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Power Grid Corporation of India LimitedSAUDAMINI
Plot No. 2, Sector - 29
Gurgaon - 122 001 Haryana, India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Jun 2014
Fact Finding 01 Jun 2015 to 11 Jun 2015
MRM 04 Sep 2015
Approval 24 Nov 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2015

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