Project Name CASAREM-Talimarjan Power Generation and Transmission Project
Project Number 43151-012
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7350-UZB: CASAREM-Talimarjan Power Generation and Transmission
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 7350-UZB: CASAREM-Talimarjan Power Generation and Transmission
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Conventional energy generation - Electricity transmission and distribution - Energy efficiency and conservation - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming

The original aim of the TA was to prepare the Talimarjan Power Project for ADB financing. The Project will increase the generation capacity and strengthen the transmission network in Uzbekistan. The TA scope was expanded to include assistance to the EA in procuring the main power plant contract.

Consultants were recruited using ADB grant funds to (i) conduct Project due diligence in order to prepare the Report and Recommendation of the President (RRP) for submission to ADB Board; (ii) assist the EA in preparing bidding documents for procurement of contractors to construct the Project, and in preparing Request for Proposals (RfP) for Implementation Consultants to audit the design and supervise the works of the contractor(s); and (iii) assist the EA in evaluating technical and price proposals for the contractor, bid evaluation, and contract negotiations.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

During the Soviet era, Central Asian Republic (CAR) countries conducted extensive trade in electricity whereby surplus energy was exported from hydro rich countries in summer with their winter deficits covered by imports from fossil fuel rich countries. Since 1990, this trade has collapsed to 10% of historical levels. The Talimarjan Power Project aims to help in restoring regional trade by removing transmission network constraints and increasing generation capacity in Uzbekistan (UZB). The Project will also improve UZB domestic electricity supply and reduce GHG emission per unit generated.

The TA aimed to support the development of a Central Asian South Asian Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM). CASAREM will help resolve regional power capacity and power supply/demand mismatch through a phased series of regional investment and technical assistance projects. Due to the network design, UZB serves as a regional electricity hub for Central Asia Power System (CAPS) and stability of the UZB grid plays an important role for power supply in all CAPS member countries. The Project prepared under the TA will increase the generation capacity, and strengthen the transmission network in UZB. The Project will (i) allow UZB to increase its exports of electricity to regional markets such as Afghanistan (AFG) and Tajikistan (TAJ), (ii) remove transmission constraints currently restricting transit of electricity from Turkmenistan (TKM) to TAJ via UZB, (iii) eliminate load shedding in UZB during winter peak period when there is currently insufficient generation and (iv) increase average generation efficiency thereby reducing emissions of green house gases per megawatt (MW) generated.


" Increased regional trade in electric energy

" Reliable domestic and regional electric supply.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Project design, sector roadmap and policy framework agreed by ADB and the Government
Progress Toward Outcome Achieved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Analysis of electric sector including justification of project need

2. Assessment of appropriateness of project technical design

3. Project financial and economic analysis and financial assessment of Uzbekenergo

4. Environmental Impact Assessment

5. Social safeguard assessment to include LARP, Poverty and Social analysis, and IPDP (if required)

6. Bid specifications for project implementation

7. Tender evaluation

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Outputs 1 to 7 completed. Following the procurement schedule for the EPC contract of the ensuing Project, the TA was extended from the original completion date of 31 Dec 2010 to (i) 19 May 2011, (ii) 31 Dec 2011, (iii) 30 Sep 2012, and (iv) 31 Dec 2012. On 11 Jan 2011, minor changes in scope were approved to expand the consulting firm and financial consultant's inputs. On 10 March 2011, the TA amount was increased by $600,000 to engage commercial, procurement, and legal experts. Another minor change in scope was approved on 13 Jan 2012 to allow the financial analyst to help the EA recruit the auditor for the ensuing Project.
Geographical Location Talimarjan, Uzbekistan

Safeguard Categories

Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were carried out with the Executing Agency, Management of Talimarjan Power Plant, and the Government. Adequate field investigations, surveys, and stakeholder consultations with central and local governments,NGOs, the private sector, consumers including vulnerable groups and major development partners in the power sector, were conducted during the preparation of the Project.
During Project Implementation Consultations continued to be carried out with the Executing Agency, Management of Talimarjan Power Plant, and the Government.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A consulting firm comprising international consultants (engineers) was engaged for a total of 38.87 person-months from May 2010 to November 2012.

Individual consultants comprising international and national consultants of various expertise were engaged for a total of 1,538 working days from October 2009 to November 2012.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Mitsuhashi, Keiju
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Mr. Iskandar Basidov, Chairman, Uzbekenergo
6 Istiklol Street Tashkent, 100000, Uzbekistan
Mr. Botir M. Teshabaev
Khorezm st. 6, Tashkent 100000, Uzbekistan


Concept Clearance 19 Aug 2009
Fact Finding -
Approval 21 Sep 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 21 Jan 2010
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2013

TA 7350-UZB

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Sep 2009 06 Oct 2009 06 Oct 2009 31 Dec 2010 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,100,000.00 0.00 375,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,475,000.00 21 Sep 2009 2,084,711.66

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