Regional: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Power Trade Development

Sovereign Project | 47107-001

Summary

Regional energy planning including cross-border energy trading infrastructure has been identified as a key impetus area in recent studies that reflect ADB's commitment of supporting regional cooperation in South Asia. A regional technical assistance (RETA 6383) for Preparing the Energy Sector Dialogue and SAARC Energy Center Capacity Development led to SAARC Regional Energy Trade Study (SRETS) which was endorsed by the SAARC Energy Ministers in 2011. The follow up South Asia Regional Power Exchange Study (SRPES) under the Regional Research and Development Technical Assistance (R-RDTA 7529) examined the prospect of a regional power exchange to contribute to advancing regional electricity trade in South Asia. The final report has been already endorsed by a SAARC Intergovernmental Meeting of technical experts held in Nov 2012 and it is expected to be published by July 2013

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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Power Trade Development
Project Number 47107-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8619-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Power Trade Development
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Regional energy planning including cross-border energy trading infrastructure has been identified as a key impetus area in recent studies that reflect ADB's commitment of supporting regional cooperation in South Asia. A regional technical assistance (RETA 6383) for Preparing the Energy Sector Dialogue and SAARC Energy Center Capacity Development led to SAARC Regional Energy Trade Study (SRETS) which was endorsed by the SAARC Energy Ministers in 2011. The follow up South Asia Regional Power Exchange Study (SRPES) under the Regional Research and Development Technical Assistance (R-RDTA 7529) examined the prospect of a regional power exchange to contribute to advancing regional electricity trade in South Asia. The final report has been already endorsed by a SAARC Intergovernmental Meeting of technical experts held in Nov 2012 and it is expected to be published by July 2013
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA will expand on the prior activities to develop a comprehensive long term regional transmission plan for the SASEC region to align generation and transmission developments of the member states. The TA will also examine the optimal development of electricity generation capacity in the region as an input to the regional transmission master plan development. Further, TA intends to build capacity on cross-border power trade by supporting the related activities including those of the SASEC Electricity Transmission Utility Forum (SETUF) which will be formally established.
Impact Cross-border regional electricity transmission plan implemented.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved planning capacity of SASEC foster cross-border power trading
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Regional electricity transmission plan for cross-border trade among SASEC countries completed

Improved networking among SASEC countries and knowledge on cross-border power trading

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

All consultants have been fielded. Implementation is on going.

A review mission was fielded on 26-27 June 2014.

Geographical Location
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 TA will require the services of three (3) international consultants (Power System Economist, Power System Planning Specialist and a Senior Advisor) for a total of 15 person-months and a national Senior Program Analyst to support the consulting team for a total duration of 12 months, all on intermittent basis. The consulting services will be for a duration of 26 months from the start of the TA

ADB will recruit the consultants as individual consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook

Procurement

The consultants under the regional technical assistance on Cross-border Power Trade Development will provide a comprehensive study on generation and transmission development opportunities in the region specifically focusing on increasing opportunities for cross-border electricity trade among Member States of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC). The TA will be executed and implemented by Asian Development Bank with the assistance and guidance of the SASEC Member States.

The consultants will:

(i) Develop a high level 400 kV and above regional transmission planning dataset for the long term up to 2030 keeping a manageable zonal focus to the extent permitted by data availability for use with PSS/E transmission planning software.

(ii) Develop power generation options for the region maximising renewable energy resources and estimating the stochasticity of their energy outputs using both relevant past data and climate change model based future projected data together with non-renewable energy resources capturing their availability and transport constraints

(iii) Develop a Regional Generation Plan taking into account available national generation plans and expanding on them taking into account both renewable and non-renewable resource availability

(iv) Develop a Regional Transmission Master Plan with a key focus area to identify economic opportunities for cross-border power exchanges identifying in particular the major interconnection points along the India-Nepal and India- Bhutan borders and the backbone power transmission system within Nepal and Bhutan at 400 kV level

(v) Assist on arranging the capacity development programs including the establishment and subsequent meetings of SASEC Electricity Transmission Utility Forum (SETUF).

Responsible ADB Officer Priyantha D.C. Wijayatunga
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Jun 2013
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 07 Feb 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

TA 8619-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Feb 2014 - 07 Feb 2014 31 Mar 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 07 Feb 2014 77,936.87

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