The proposed project will improve airport capacity at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu and at Gautam Buddha Airport (GBA) in Lumbini by constructing a parallel taxiway extension and domestic apron areas at TIA and a new international terminal building at GBA.
|Project Name||South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Air transport
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The proposed project will improve airport capacity at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu and at Gautam Buddha Airport (GBA) in Lumbini by constructing a parallel taxiway extension and domestic apron areas at TIA and a new international terminal building at GBA.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Civil aviation is crucial to transport, trade, and tourism in the landlocked country, and provides indispensable links for the hilly and mountain areas which are inaccessible by other transport modes. Tourism is one of the major economic activities in Nepal and is on top of the governments priorities. Foreign exchange earned from the tourism sector in FY2018 is estimated at $563 million, which is equivalent to 65% of goods exports. Considering that more than 80% of international tourists come to Nepal by air currently through the TIA, improvement of the civil aviation sector is essential for tourism to flourish and to be channeled toward economic development of the country. The TIA presently serves as the unique gateway airport to Nepal. Even though the TIA plays a critical role in the civil aviation sector of the country as an international gateway as well as a domestic hub, its close proximity to the Kathmandu city center does not allow its expansion beyond the current airport boundary. The increasing demand should be handled through (i) the more efficient use of the available areas within the existing airport premises at the TIA; and (ii) distribution of the concentrated international air traffic to other airports.|
|Impact||Tourism-led economic development in Nepal enhanced|
|Description of Outcome||Safety, capacity, and efficiency of air travel to and from Nepal improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
TIA airside facilities completed in accordance with the TIA master plan
International terminal building constructed at GBA constructed (Terminal 2)
Next phase of TIA works design completed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
An 18-month procurement plan indicating threshold and review procedures, goods, works, and consulting service contract packages and national competitive bidding guidelines. All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Procurement Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time).
Construction supervision consultant. A firm of international consultants in association with domestic consultants will assist CAAN in implementing the project by (i) providing project management assistance, (ii) carrying out expeditious review of designs, (iii) supervising and administering works contracts, (iv) preparing a project performance management system, and (v) reporting and documenting progress of works. About 90 person-months for international consultant services and 625 person-months for national consultant services will be required. The consulting firm will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection method with a standard quality cost ratio of 90:10.
Individual consultant services. Individual international and national consultants will also be engaged through individual consultant selection for environmental and social safeguard monitoring report preparation; contract management; and project management support. About 6 person-months of international consultant services and 36 person-months of national consultant services will be required.
Next phase design consultant. A second firm of international consultants will be recruited to (i) review the current master plan of TIA, (ii) carry out detailed engineering design and preparation of bidding documents for procurement of works and equipment, and (iii) assist CAAN to undertake public private partnership in the air transport sector. About 37 person-months of international consultant services and 60 person-months of national consultant services will be required. The consulting firm will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection method with a standard quality cost ratio of 90:10.
|Procurement||Activities to be concluded in advance include the procurement of two civil works contracts and the recruitment of a construction supervision consulting firm. All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). All procurement activities will be the responsibility of the project director of the project implementation unit, who will be supported by their staff and consultants. ADB will closely monitor all major project implementation activities. Civil works contracts will comprise three open competitive bidding packages for the (i) extension of the parallel taxiway to connect Runway-02 end at TIA and associated works, (ii) hangar area development at the east side of the runway at TIA and associated works, and (iii) construction of terminal 2 at GBA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Yeo, Kai Wei|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
Mr. Prem Raj Lohani
P. B. No. 284, Babar Mahal
Nepal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
|Concept Clearance||31 Mar 2020|
|Fact Finding||24 Jun 2020 to 06 Jul 2020|
|MRM||03 Sep 2020|
|Approval||19 Nov 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||23 Nov 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|19 Nov 2020||22 Dec 2020||10 May 2021||30 Jun 2027||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||198.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||150.00||19 Nov 2020||0.00||0.00||0%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||19 Nov 2020||0.00||0.00||0%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations [Concessional]) for Loan 4005-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Dec 2020|
|Project Agreement for Loan 4005-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project||Project/Program Agreements||Dec 2020|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Project Administration Manual||Project/Program Administration Manual||Nov 2020|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Oct 2020|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Nov 2019|
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.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Gautam Buddha Airport Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Aug 2020|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Tribhuvan International Airport Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Aug 2020|
|South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project: Due Diligence Report||Safeguards Due Diligence Reports||Aug 2020|
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ADB Approves $150 Million Loan to Upgrade Major Airports in NepalADB has approved a $150 million concessional loan to improve the airport capacity of the Tribhuvan International Airport and Gautam Buddha Airport in Nepal.
|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|4005-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Airport Capacity Enhancement Project [OCB-01/ACE-SDP/TIA/2020 and OCB-02/ACE-SDP/TIA/2020]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||09 Dec 2020||05 Feb 2021|
|Construction Supervision Consultant||Firm - Consulting||Closed||13 Oct 2020||21 Nov 2020|
|38349-NEP: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Airport Capacity Enhancement Project||Advance Notice||Active||28 Apr 2020|
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