|Project Name||Assam Power Sector Investment Program|
|Country / Economy||India
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
|Gender||No gender elements|
|Description||ADB and the Government of India are working together to help India's northeastern Assam state continue its drive to eliminate power sector inefficiencies that are hurting its consumers, its world-famous tea industry, and its environment. The Assam Power Sector Investment Program is upgrading power generation and distribution systems, including the construction of a 120-megawatt hydropower plant. It is also financing new energy efficient power generation equipment at existing plants; new distribution lines and substations; and financial management training and other support for staff of state power companies, Assam Power Generation Corporation and Assam Power Distribution Company. The project is bolstering the finances of the state power companies by helping them decrease their purchases of expensive electricity from independent power producers. In addition, the program is supporting the construction of the Lower Kopili run-of-the-river hydropower plant in central Assam that will help the state avoid over 530,000 tons per annum of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise be produced by fossil fuel-driven generation. By cutting power outages in the state, the program is benefiting over 2.7 million consumers. It is also promoting economic growth and creating employment opportunities by helping to supply reliable power to the state. This is helping Assam attract investment and more fully tap its economic potential while reducing poverty.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||In India's state of Assam, demand for electricity has grown far faster than supply. High transmission and distribution losses have exacerbated the situation. More than a third of households in Assam have traditionally faced daily electricity outages of 5 to 6 hours. Power shortages, low voltage power, and scheduled power outages have often undermined Assam's industrial competitiveness and agricultural potential. Many important industries, such as the state''s famous tea gardens, have not been connected to the power grid and during peak periods the state has to buy power from independent producers at high cost. The broader economic implications of the poorly performing power sector include curtailed competitiveness and productivity, fewer job opportunities, reduced investment, and inefficient use of resources. Supply deficits force consumers to use more expensive, less-efficient, and more polluting energy sources, such as smaller diesel generators.|
increased availability of electricity in Assam.
|Description of Outcome||
increased capacity and efficiency of energy generation and distribution systems in Assam.
|Progress Toward Outcome||All project management activities under Tranche 1 and 2 are progressing satisfactorily.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Generation system upgraded and expanded
Distribution system upgraded and expanded
Institutional capacity of APGC & APDC strengthened
Project management system in place.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Contracts awarded for generation and distribution. Lakwa 70MW power plant was commissioned in April 2018. Lower Kopili Hydro Power Plant - Tranche 3 - was approved in Dec 2020. Output is expected to be achieved in 2024.
Distribution lines and sub-station 90% completed.
Training activities done.
Project to be implemented on time.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Stakeholders consultation and participation are being carried out and will continue during the project processing and design.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholders consultation and participation will be arranged during the project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||ADB will engage the following consultants (National and / or International) individually or through firm(s) or consortium of firms - the Project Specialist/Team Leader (International), Economic and Financial Analysis (International), Environmental Assessment and Management (International), Social Safeguard Specialist (International), Social Safeguard Specialist (National), Procurement Specialist (National), Community Development Specialist (National), Hydropower Construction Planning Expert (National), Climate Change Scientist (International), Generation Assets & Inventory Management Specialist (International), and Environmental Assessment and Management (National). The recruitment of consultants will be made in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). Consultants will be funded under TA-8351 subproject under the IND-CTA 0003: Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction.|
|Procurement||Goods, equipment, and civil works to be financed under the Investment Program will be procured in accordance with ADB Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). International Competitive Bidding will be used for civil works and turnkey contracts. National Competitive Bidding will be used for contracts for goods and equipment estimated to cost less than $1 million. Advanced contracting and/or retroactive financing will be needed. Consultants will be engaged to help with project management. The Tranche 1 will have one major turnkey contract for gas plant replacement.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Banerjee, Jyotirmoy|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||India Resident Mission (INRM)|
|Concept Clearance||30 May 2013|
|Fact Finding||03 Sep 2013 to 12 Sep 2013|
|MRM||18 Feb 2014|
|Approval||03 Jul 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||16 Dec 2020|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||430.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|Request for Information||http://www.adb.org/forms/request-information-form?subject=47101-001|
|Date Generated||30 November 2023|