Cook Islands: Renewable Energy Sector Project

Sovereign Project | 46453-002

Summary

The impact of the project will be increased energy security in an environmentally sustainable manner. The outcome will be an increased access to a higher share of electricity generated by renewable energy sources.

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Project Name Renewable Energy Sector Project
Project Number 46453-002
Country Cook Islands
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0415-COO: Renewable Energy Project
Renewable Energy Dev Sec in Cook Islands US$ 7.26 million
Loan 3193-COO: Renewable Energy Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 11.19 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The impact of the project will be increased energy security in an environmentally sustainable manner. The outcome will be an increased access to a higher share of electricity generated by renewable energy sources.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Cook Islands is a Pacific island country divided into two island groups with an estimated total population of 18,600 people. The Northern group consists of seven low-lying and sparsely populated coral atolls, while the Southern group consists of eight fertile volcanic islands. About 92% of the population lives in the Southern group islands including Rarotonga, a main island. Economic development is hindered by the country's limited size, isolation and distance from markets, lack of natural resources, periodic devastation from natural disasters, and inadequate infrastructure.

The Cook Islands is heavily dependent on imported fuels. The total fuel import bill of the Cook Islands in 2012 was NZ$34.6 million or 25% of total imports and 9% of gross domestic product. Diesel-powered generators constitute about 99% of the total electricity generating capacity. The total installed power generation capacity in the Cook Islands is 11.75 megawatt (MW) with a distribution network comprising 80 kilometers (km) of 11 kilovolt (kV) underground cables and 200 km of 0.415 kV low voltage distribution lines. On the major islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki, nearly 99% of all households are grid connected, 8% have additional solar photovoltaic home systems (SHS), and 3% use small diesel generators. On the outer islands, about 60% of households are grid connected, and 43% have a SHS. Current electricity demand in the Cook Islands is around 30.0 gigawatt-hour (GWh), which is forecast to modestly grow to 38.5 GWh by 2020. The Southern group is the dominant load center that accounts for 98% of current and future load demands.

Delivery of energy services is undertaken by state-owned utilities on Rarotonga and Aitutaki islands, and by island administration committees on the other outer islands, which are vertically-integrated electricity authority operating generation, transmission, distribution and retail of electricity. Assets for energy services are owned and overseen by the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), the government's holding company grouping the state-owned enterprises.

Impact Increased energy security in an environmentally sustainable manner
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased access to a higher share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Solar photovoltaic power system development

2. Institutional strengthening and project management support

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The executing agency has requested advance contracting. This will include procurement of consulting services.
Procurement The loan will be used for the procurement of equipment and materials, civil works, services, related transportation, insurance, installation costs, and interest and commitment charges on the loan during construction for non-core subprojects on Atiu, Aitutaki, and Rarotonga. The loan will also be used to finance consulting services and contingencies. The grant will be used for the procurement of equipment and materials, civil works, related transportation, insurance, and installation costs for core subprojects on Mauke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia. The government of Cook Islands will finance land acquisition, environmental and social monitoring, taxes and duties not funded by the loan and grant, and contingencies. To support the project's procurement, EU has agreed to follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) for the civil works contracts. However, EU cannot exclude any of its member countries from the contracts it funds. Therefore, an exception to Article 14(ix) of the Agreement Establishing the Asian Development Bank (the Charter 7) is required to allow non-member countries of ADB to tender for the procurement of equipment and materials; civil works; and services. The government of Cook Islands will finance land acquisition, environmental and social monitoring, taxes and duties not funded by ADB loan and the EU grant, and contingencies.
Responsible ADB Officer Woo Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic ManagementPO box 120
Cook Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Sep 2013
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2014 to 21 Mar 2014
MRM 22 Apr 2014
Approval 21 Nov 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Mar 2015

Grant 0415-COO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2014 13 Jan 2015 09 Feb 2015 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.09 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 Nov 2014 0.00 1.60 22%
Counterpart 5.83 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 7.26 21 Nov 2014 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3193-COO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2014 13 Jan 2015 09 Feb 2015 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 11.19 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 11.19 21 Nov 2014 0.86 0.00 10%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Nov 2014 0.00 0.00 0%
Title Document Type Document Date
Project Agreement for Renewable Energy Sector Project Project/Program Agreement Jan 2015
Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy Sector Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jan 2015
Grant Agreement for Renewable Energy Sector Project Grant Agreement Jan 2015
Renewable Energy Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2014
Renewable Energy Sector Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2014
Renewable Energy Sector Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Oct 2014

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Renewable Energy Project Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2014
Renewable Energy Project Resettlement Frameworks Mar 2014
Renewable Energy Project Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2014
Renewable Energy Project Resettlement Plans Mar 2014

Evaluation Documents

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