Uzbekistan: Samarkand Solar Power Project

Sovereign Project | 45120-003 Status: Active

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Project Name Samarkand Solar Power Project
Project Number 45120-003
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3058-UZB: Solar Power Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 101.10 million
Loan 3059-UZB: Samarkand Solar Power Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 8.90 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Price bids for DBO contract opened 22 October 2015. Project management and supervision consultant mobilized July 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Target still feasible, but with delay as procurement is still ongoing.

Target still feasible, but with delay. Project mgt and supervision consultant mobilized in July 2015, will also prepare the capacity development plan.

Target still feasible, but with delay.

Target still feasible. After recruitment delay, Project mgt and supervision consultant who will undertake the capacity development activities mobilized in July 2015.

Target still feasible.

Target still feasible.

Geographical Location Samarkand

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The project is a category B project following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and will involve the construction of a new photovoltaic plant and its supporting facilities, which include an access road and a transmission line.

The initial environmental examination (IEE) for the construction of the new plant and its supporting facilities was carried out to assess impacts, and the environmental management plan (EMP) was prepared to provide guidance for minimizing any adverse impacts. Public consultations were carried out on 31 May 2013 in Samarkand city. The IEE report was disclosed on the ADB website on 16 September 2013. The project will not cause any significant environmental impacts. Minor and transient environmental disturbances may occur during the construction and operation phases. Appropriate mitigation measures have been developed in the EMP, which is subject to updating after the completion of the conceptual system design to include all technical aspects and to incorporate recommendations from the Samarkand Province Nature Protection Committee. The updated IEE and its EMP will need to be submitted to ADB.

The PMU on behalf of the executing agency has overall responsibility for implementing the EMP throughout project implementation and completion. The contractor will implement the EMP to mitigate all impacts related with construction activities. The PMU and the implementation consultant teams will each have an environmental specialist to supervise the contractor implementing the EMP. A grievance redress mechanism will be established within the PMU under Uzbekenergo to resolve complaints, if any. The Uzbekenergo Environment, Health and Safety Unit will oversee the implementation of the EMP.

Involuntary Resettlement

The project will require land acquisition for three types of components: (i) construction of the photovoltaic power plant, (ii) construction of the 220-kV transmission line to the national power grid, and (iii) widening of the 4-km access road from the power plant up to the existing paved road. The project is categorized as a B project for involuntary resettlement in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.

The resettlement plan, presented as the Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP), was prepared in close consultation with affected people. The total land to be acquired is 410.56 hectares (ha), of which total permanent land acquisition is 407.8 ha and temporary acquisition 2.76 ha. The permanent acquisition will be used for the power plant (405 ha), access road (1.96 ha), and transmission line (0.84 ha). The temporary land acquisition (2.76 ha) will be required only during construction of the transmission line. This land acquisition will affect 17 households with a total of 109 persons. The land acquisition for the power plant will have three households; these households belong to farmers and will be impacted severely because they will lose 29.1% to 41.5% of their productive land. The expansion of the access road and the transmission line will not cause any severe impact. None of the three project facilities (power plant, access road, and transmission line) will result in any physical displacement of residential assets or cause unemployment in affected farms. However, a 675-square-meter structure used for keeping livestock and hay will need to be demolished to construct the power plant. During consultation, two of the 17 households expressed willingness to give up land for compensation. They requested appropriate changes in their lease agreements to reduce their tax payments.

The LARP for this project was prepared in line with national laws and regulations and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The LARP study was carried out from May to July 2013. Six consultations were carried out in May, and three in July. The consultations were with affected people, local government agencies, and local communities. The estimated compensation costs for land acquisition is around $240,000. Uzbekenergo has adequate experience in implementing a LARP and will be assisted by the PMU. The PMU will include a social safeguards and gender specialist to coordinate with local agencies to implement the LARP and submit reports to ADB. The established grievance redress mechanism will address both environmental and social complaints, if any. The LARP was disclosed through the ADB website on 16 September 2013.

Indigenous Peoples The survey for poverty and social assessment found that there is no community or group in the project area that maintains any particular culture, language, or properties distinct from the general population. There are four ethnic groups within the local community namely Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Russians, and Tajiks. None meet the ADB definition of vulnerable indigenous peoples, and therefore the project is categorized as a C project for indigenous people or ethnic minority requirements in accordance with the Safeguard Policy Statement. No further study is needed.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Public consultations were carried out for the Initial Environmental Examination and the Poverty and Social Assessment.

Project preparation employed a participatory approach to share information about the project and seek feedback particularly from women, poorer segments of the population, and civil society. Fifty-four participants attended the public consultations, amongst them representatives of (i) Makhalla (village) Committees of Samarkand and Postargom Districts, (ii) Hokimiyats district, (iii) the Nature Protection Committee of Samarkand, (iv) Uzbekenergo, and (vi) Zarafshan and Dustlik Local Power Distribution Networks.

During Project Implementation There is no civil society role directly linked to project implementation. But Makhalla and local women groups as community-based organizations CBOs will play the role of liaison between the project and society to disseminate the project information and collect any concerns, complaints, and grievances. The executing agency (EA) will publish project progress information regularly to the public through CBOs and receive opinions from the project area and affected people.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Uzbekenergo will recruit an implementation consultant following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time), using the quality- and cost-based selection method, to assist the PMU in project management and to implement the institutional capacity development plans.
Procurement Uzbekenergo will employ a turnkey contractor for the photovoltaic power plant EPC and O&M services following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). The procurement will follow ADB's international competitive bidding procedure using a single-stage two-envelope bidding method without prequalification. For the bidding, ADB's User's Guide and Extended Standard Bidding Documents for Plant Design, Supply, and Install will be used, and the turnkey contract shall use International Federation of Consulting Engineers Conditions of Contract for Design, Build and Operate Projects (general conditions, particular conditions and sample forms). The transmission line supply contract will follow government procedures since this will be financed by Uzbekenergo.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Cinderella Tiangco
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Uzbekenergo-Samarkand
SAMARKAND.PMU@GMAIL.COM
6 Khorezmskaya St., Taskhent, 100000, Uzbekistan
Samarkand Solar Power Station
Samarkand, Samarkand Province, Uzbekistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance 29 May 2013
Fact Finding 10 Jun 2013 to 21 Jun 2013
MRM 19 Sep 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

Loan 3058-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Nov 2013 21 Nov 2013 04 Feb 2014 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 301.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 101.10 20 Nov 2013 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 200.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Nov 2013 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 3059-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Nov 2013 21 Nov 2013 04 Feb 2014 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 8.90 20 Nov 2013 6.60 0.00 82%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Nov 2013 0.73 0.00 9%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Samarkand Solar Power Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2016
Samarkand Solar Power Project Resettlement Plans May 2015
Samarkand Solar Power Project Resettlement Plans Oct 2013
Samarkand Solar Power Project Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2013
Samarkand Solar Power Project Resettlement Plans Sep 2013
Samarkand Solar Power Project Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2013

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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