Project Name
Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat–Mary–Ashgabat–Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects
Project Number
51360-002
Country / Economy
  • Turkmenistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9524-TKM: Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat"Mary"Ashgabat"Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 9524-TKM: Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat"Mary"Ashgabat"Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Government of Turkmenistan (the government) and the Ministry of Railway Transport (MRT) have requested assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a program to modernize railways in Turkmenistan, between Turkmenabat, Mary, Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi. The program is expected to be undertaken in three phases, namely (i) Turkmenabat-Mary, (ii) Mary-Ashgabat, and (iii) Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi. It is intended for ADB to process Phase 1 as a standalone project, with Phases 2 and 3 financed through additional financing, subject to sound progress on Phase 1. Aligned with these three proposed phases, this transaction TA facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to these ensuing projects , comprising;

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary) Railway Modernization Project;

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary-Ashgabat) Railway Modernization Project-Additional Financing; and

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary-Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Project-Additional Financing.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Despite its importance in supporting regional and domestic connectivity, the line is in a poor state, arising from a backlog of maintenance issues, partly inherited from the Former Soviet Union. The last capital repair was completed in the 1970s. Operational speeds are limited to 30km per hour, and major safety issues are existent. The poor state of the line poses a major challenge to the further expansion of freight and passenger train services on a reliable and safe basis.

The government prioritizes the Turkmenabat-Mary section as Phase 1, primarily due to the higher traffic volume on this section of the track, with Mary serving as a key junction for trains coming to and from Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan.The projects collectively contribute to the improvement of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6, serving the east-west connection between East Asia and Europe, as well as the North-South connection between the Middle East and Central Asia and beyond.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Ashgabat, Mary, Turkmenabat, Turkmenbasy

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The main stakeholder of the project is the Ministry of Railway Transport, who is in charge of construction, maintenance and operation of railway lines in Turkmenistan. Other important stakeholders include local governments, residents residing directly alongside the railway line, and businesses which will benefit from the project. Such stakeholders will be consulted through local governments.
During Project Implementation
The same stakeholders listed above will continue to be consulted during project implementation. Opportunities to maximize positive social impact from the project will continue to be pursued. Records of such consultations shall be recorded for ongoing reference and to serve as meaningful inputs to the project execution.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB engaged three international individual consultants following ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) to undertake the services required for the TA. They were mobilized in March and April 2019. Two resource person assignments were awarded since May 2018.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Georget, Johan
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Turkmenistan Railway Agency

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
11 May 2018
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
19 Sep 2018

Funding

TA 9524-TKM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 May 2018 05 Jun 2018 05 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
975,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,050,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
11 Apr 2024 881,400.15
 
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