Afghanistan: Power Transmission and Distribution Project

Sovereign Project | 37078-013 Status: Closed
Project Name Power Transmission and Distribution Project
Project Number 37078-013
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0004-AFG: Power Transmission and Distribution Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 22.76 million
Loan 2165-AFG: Power Transmission and Distribution Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 26.50 million
TA 4579-AFG: Power Transmission and Distribution Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The Project is 100% physically completed. Testing and comissioning were accomplished during 2013 and 2014. All payments for completed works under the Grant 0004 were made and the grant account was closed on 31 July 2014. Remaining payment claims under L2165 have been agreed between the EA and the Contractor and were submitted to ADB in December 2016. Requisite reallocation has been approved by ADB and the balance amount will be disbursed in April 2016 (around $8.4 m), against the eligible works originally to be funded under the grant portion of project.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Commissioned. Transmission and distribution works under Lots 1 and 2 have been completed in early 2013. Distribution of allowances to affected families as per LARP in northern districts were finished.

Commissioned. All works on substations were completed.

All project areas were connected to the grid. However load shedding still persists due to a power shortage in the system.

Project Completion Report to be prepared by end Q2 2015 will review actual number of connections vis- -vis planned.

Geographical Location Surobi, Kabul,Jalalabad, Nangarhar,Taluqan, Takhar,Qarghayi, Laghman,Mehtarlam, Laghman,Imam Sahib, Kunduz,Khan Abad, Kunduz,Shekanbandar, Kunduz,Sar-e-Pul, Sar-e-Pul

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The Project is classified under category B in accordance with ADB s environmental policy (2002). An initial environmental examination (IEE) was prepared. Sufficient community consultations for a category-B project were undertaken during project design. All project components follow environmental safeguards and technical specifications established for ADB financed projects.

The Project has been prepared to follow the requirements of ADB s environment policy and the relevant parts of the Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). Based on the IEE, the Project generated only minor environmental impacts, which was mitigated by standard measures normally associated with international best practices in the design and construction of transmission lines, substations, and distribution systems. An environmental management and monitoring plan has been developed and implemented by MEW. Mitigation measures were specified in all contract documents and followed.

MEW was responsible for ensuring that the Project was implemented in an environmentally acceptable manner in accordance with the Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMPP). The Government, MEW and supervision consultant monitored construction, implementation and operation of the Project to ensure its compliance with applicable laws and regulations, ADB s Environmental Policy (2002), and all monitoring and mitigation measures in the IEE. MEW provided required quarterly progress reports on all matters in the EMMP to ADB. The Government, MEW and consultant monitored the contracts implementation to ensure compliance of the civil works with the EMMP.

The Project did not result in any significant environmental impacts. The mitigation measures were incorporated into contract documents and its implementation and monitored during the entire Project. Training in environmental management and monitoring was provided to MEW staff. The IEE, including the EMPP and monitoring program, is considered sufficient to meet the environmental assessment requirements for the Project.

Involuntary Resettlement

The Government provided all land and rights-of-way to the Contractor so that any land acquisition and resettlement activities are implemented in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; ADB s Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (1995); and the updated resettlement plan.

MEW with the assistance from SMEC ensured that any people losing land, housing, or other assets and means of production will be helped to restore their incomes and living standards to at least the levels without the Project's intervention. Assets will either be replaced or their owners compensated at replacement cost.

A short resettlement plan has been prepared. Consultations have been held with the project-affected people to obtain inputs on the design of the plan and to inform the project affected people of ADB s policies regarding involuntary resettlement, and explained the proposed plan. The plan has been translated to Dari and Pushto and explained to project-affected people at community meetings in November and December 2004. After the detailed measurement survey of the line routes, specific project-affected people were contacted by the implementation consultants to explain the their rights under the plan and to inform them of the compensation rates which will be based on the actual market rates at the time of the detailed measurement survey. A system has also been designed for addressing grievance and registering complaints. It has three stages: (i) A project-affected person files a complaint about compensation and unpaid losses with the village resettlement committee (VRC). The VRC is obliged to reply and explain the decision within 15 days from the date the complaint was received. (ii) If the project-affected person is not satisfied or the VRC does not reply, the grievance application will be forwarded to the district resettlement committee (DRC). The DRC must decide within 15 days from the date the complaint was filed. (iii) If the project-affected person is not satisfied with the decision or the DRC does not reply, the complaint can be forwarded to the committee on compensation, which will issue the final decision within 30 days.

All LARP implementation compensations of Lot-1 and Lot-2 have been effected and the final compliance reports have been submitted to ADB in early Oct 2012. Accordingly No LARP issues are now pending in regard to MEW/337 Contract executed by KEC.

Indigenous Peoples No negative effects on indigenous peoples have been identified. Benefits are received evenly to all sections of the population regardless of ethnicity. The project completion report to be prepared in Q2 2014 will identify socioeconomic changes from increased electrification rates of households. The Project brought grid power for the first time to areas with high numbers of ethnic minorities, such as Imam Sahib and Sar-e-Pul, while bringing equal benefits to the wider population.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Consultations were held with local officials to minimize resettlement effects during the setting of the alignment during the feasibility study. Land acquisition and resettlement impacts were minimized through the following actions: (i) aligning any new transmission lines away from areas with high population density and by avoiding agriculturally or culturally important areas; (ii) occupying wasteland and waste hills for alignment, where possible; (iii) using existing alignments and/or upgrading local distribution structures, where possible; (iv) protecting water conservancy and irrigation facilities as far as possible.

Electricity will be new to many project beneficiaries, and a safety awareness campaign is included in the terms of reference of the implementation consultants. The campaign was conducted via schools, printed materials, community meetings, and the radio. Safety information was provided during local consultation meetings.

During Project Implementation

The implementation of ADB-approved Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP) proposals (Lot 1 and Lot 2) were completed on 31 March 2012. Meetings were conducted and attended by SMEC Social Safeguard and Resettlement Specialist, Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) team, DABS representatives, and the affected people (APs) for distribution of the vulnerable allowances to the APs. Adequate announcements were made for the APs who were eligible for receiving the allowance to gather at a meeting for allowance distribution.

LARP for Lot 2A (for those APs missed in the original LARP Lot 2) was prepared and approved by ADB on 3 April 2012. Distribution of compensation among APs were held on 25 and 27 September 2012.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Consulting services will be required to help the MEW and DABM implement the Project. The consulting services will involve project management, detailed design, preparation of bid documents, assistance in procurement, supervision of construction and installation of equipment, testing and certifying of completed works, training of MEW and DABM staff in management and O&M and in monitoring and evaluation. The consultants will also assist the MEW in environmental management and monitoring of social and resettlement safeguards.

About 40 person-months of international and 100 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. All consultants financed from the proposed ADB loan will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements for recruitment of domestic consultants acceptable to ADB following the quality-and-cost-based selection (QCBS) method. Advance recruitment of consultants will be undertaken.


Loan-financed goods, services, and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement and by the procurement unit of the Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services on behalf of the MEW and assisted by the project implementation consultants. ADB has approved advance procurement action for the turnkey contracts, including preparation and issuance of bid documents, and evaluation of the bids received.

Procurement of goods and services to be financed under the Project will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Turnkey contract for design-build of the transmission lines, substations and distribution networks will be procured through International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures. Contract for supply of equipment with value of not more than $0.5 million will be procured through International Shopping (IS) procedures, and through ICB procedures if valued above $0.5 million.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Aleem, Asad
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Energy and Water
Eng. Shah Mohammad
[email protected]
Kabul, Afghanistan


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 12 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

Grant 0004-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Apr 2005 02 Aug 2005 02 Mar 2006 31 Dec 2008 30 Jun 2013 31 Jul 2014
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 48.96 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 22.76 14 Apr 2005 21.83 0.00 96%
Counterpart 26.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Apr 2005 21.83 0.00 96%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Unsatisfactory - - - - Satisfactory

Loan 2165-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Apr 2005 02 Aug 2005 02 Mar 2006 31 Dec 2015 - 25 May 2016
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 26.50 14 Apr 2005 24.38 0.00 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Apr 2005 25.17 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Unsatisfactory - - - - Satisfactory

TA 4579-AFG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 - 0.00

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Title Document Type Document Date
Power Transmission and Distribution Project: Project Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Sep 2016
Power Transmission and Distribution Project Project/Program Administration Manual Oct 2005
Power Transmission and Distribution Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Mar 2005

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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