Thailand: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 41682-039

The project includes: (i) upgrading National Highway (NH) 22 and NH23 sections from their present single 2-lane carriageway to 4-lane carriageways with a median; and (ii) strengthening capacity in road safety management. The project road sections span about 142.422 kilometers (km) traversing the four provinces of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, and Yasothon in northeastern Thailand covering 10 districts, 29 sub-districts, and 64 villages. Road sections for expansion are 54.514 km for NH22 and 55.057 km for NH23. The works for road safety purpose under all civil works packages have a total length of 32.851 km, as a result of technical adjustments at the time of bid documents finalization and reflected in the contractors' contracts. They involve median works, and improvement of pavement within the existing right-of-way (ROW). Furthermore, three truck rest areas will be established to offer quality driving environment.

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project
Project Number 41682-039
Country Thailand
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3582-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 99.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project includes: (i) upgrading National Highway (NH) 22 and NH23 sections from their present single 2-lane carriageway to 4-lane carriageways with a median; and (ii) strengthening capacity in road safety management. The project road sections span about 142.422 kilometers (km) traversing the four provinces of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, and Yasothon in northeastern Thailand covering 10 districts, 29 sub-districts, and 64 villages. Road sections for expansion are 54.514 km for NH22 and 55.057 km for NH23. The works for road safety purpose under all civil works packages have a total length of 32.851 km, as a result of technical adjustments at the time of bid documents finalization and reflected in the contractors' contracts. They involve median works, and improvement of pavement within the existing right-of-way (ROW). Furthermore, three truck rest areas will be established to offer quality driving environment. To enhance the road safety features of the upgrading of the sections, the road design will be subjected to detailed road safety audits before construction commences, during construction, and before final acceptance of the completed roads. The project will also strengthen the government's capacity in road safety management through safety awareness training and hands-on experience in road safety audits.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

According to Thailand 4.0 and 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan, 2017-2021, the Government of Thailand has been further promoting its economic reform by rehabilitating, modernizing, and expanding Thailand transport infrastructure, which will in turn upgrade key business clusters, attract new industries, and enhance competitiveness of the country in the region. The government's strategic goal is to strengthen connectivity throughout the country by expanding the road network, transforming railway lines from single track to double track, introducing high-speed rail, and building an urban mass rapid transit system.

The ADB's country partnership strategy (CPS) and related country operations business plans with Thailand are fully aligned with these Government's priorities, including on strengthening connectivity and facilitating regional cooperation and integration (RCI) through infrastructure development. Thailand also accords importance on RCI through its active engagement with the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) program in promoting connectivity, competitiveness and community through economic corridor development, among others.

The project will improve National Highway (NH) 22 and NH 23, both of which are located in northeast Thailand contributing to better domestic connectivity, and serving as key link roads in the vicinity of the GMS East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) running from Viet Nam through the Lao PDR and Thailand to Myanmar, linking economic centers in the GMS providing increased opportunities for trade and investment flows toward greater regional integration.

Impact Access to social and economic opportunities enhanced (the Twelfth National Economic and Social Development Plan 2017 -2021)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Efficiency and safety of movements of goods and people improved
Progress Toward Outcome As of December 2020, overall progress is 93.430%, behind of schedule by around 3.959%. One of the six packages (Package J) was completed on 12 November 2020, while three packages were behind the original schedule by 11.403% (Package I), 2.341% (Package K), and 22.656% (Package M), and two packages were ahead of the original schedule by 0.005% (Package L) and 11.287% (Package N). Road safety audit for pre-opening of the completed package (J) was conducted in end October 2020. Road safety investigation before completion of works of 3 packages (K, L and N) were done in end December 2020.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Sections of NH 22 and NH 23 upgraded

2. Capacity in road safety management strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Good progress in road safety activities, as planned, has been continuing. Road accidents within the vicinity of project areas have been monitored periodically and none has been associated with the project ever since. However, it was reported that in early October 2020, an accident occurred in the construction area under Package M (in Roi-Et province) involving a car that passed through the off-limits construction area and accidentally went straight to the bridgeworks and fell, which claimed the driver's life. Discussions among the local government, police, the contractor and DOH have been ongoing. Police investigation and a final incident report have yet to be completed. The contractor has so far shouldered the funeral expense of the victim but the full compensation to the bereaved family is still under discussion with the contractor's insurance firm. As per 4th quarterly report, December 2020, overall progress of work is 93.43% which is 3.959% behind the schedule. Generally, works were not significantly affected by COVID-19 lockdown because staff and workers are based in project housing and camps within the project areas vicinity, and project has no migrant workers. However, three packages (I, K and M) reported delays at 11.403%, 2.341% and 22.656%, respectively, compared to the original schedule. Where these delays are not in accordance with conditions of the contracts, the delay in Package I was reported to be mainly associated with contractor's internal management challenges, including poor planning and funding/cashflow issues which affected materials delivery, among others. The delay in Package M was reported to be mainly associated with (i) project management: bridge works were scheduled in the 2nd year of construction instead of the 1st year; (ii) labor-related problems (shortage, difficulty in recruitment, availability of workers with required skills especially for bridgeworks, nature of available workers seasonal), and (iii) 2019 typhoon which caused damages to bridgeworks that required additional time for works restoration; and (iv) delayed delivery of suppliers. An updated workplan with projected disbursements, including an S-curve, for the remaining months of all the contracts will be prepared and submitted to ADB in early 2021.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environment (category B). The project is not anticipated to cause significant adverse environmental impacts as road expansion activities will be confined within the ROW of the project with only minor and short-term environmental impacts during construction. The project road sections in NH 22 and NH 23 are not within any ecologically protected area. An initial environmental examination (IEE) has been prepared to meet the requirements of the ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and this includes an environmental management plan (EMP). The recommended environmental mitigation measures and monitoring activities set out in the EMP cover the preconstruction, construction, and operation stages of the project. DOH has a unit for resettlement and environmental protection. The unit is well staffed with specialists for environmental protection and has experience in ADB project. DOH will be assisted by the construction supervision consultants' environmental specialists during project implementation. The EMP, which also defines the institutional arrangements and responsibilities for implementation of the plan, will be included in the bidding documents and in the ensuing contracts. The contractors will be required to prepare site-specific Contractors EMP (CEMP) before commencing construction. Public consultations have been conducted to inform the stakeholders about the project and know their concerns so that these may be adequately addressed. The highlights of the public consultations are included in the IEE with additional consultations scheduled during project implementation. A grievance redress mechanism (GRM) for resolving environmental complaints has been developed for the project. An updated IEE will be prepared should there be major changes in the project design while additional mitigation measures will be added to the EMP and/or CEMP to address unanticipated environmental impacts that were not identified in the original IEE. The IEE and updated IEE, if any, will be disclosed in ADBs website.
Involuntary Resettlement Involuntary resettlement (category B). The project will not entail any further land acquisition as the land acquisition for the ROW of the project has been completed since 1967. The involuntary resettlement safeguard is to mainly mitigate and address minor impacts that will occur within the ROW. Based on the detailed inventory prepared during project preparation, a total of 155 potentially affected households were determined. Out of this number, 11 will be severely affected. All of these households are currently unlawfully using government's land within the ROW. Impacts are all characterized as economic displacements of shop owners and paddy farmers. A resettlement plan has been prepared in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The plan will ensure measures for affected persons to assist them in maintaining if not improving on their socio-economic pre-project conditions. Measures in the plan include the (i) gradual transfer of shops by DOH and contractors on the residual area along the road; (ii) farmers encroaching and tilling the land within the ROW will have to discontinue farming activities; (iii) linking affected households with livelihood assistance programs. Consultations with affected households were carried out during preparation of the plan and the households acknowledged willingness to terminate and transfer their income generating activities when the project commences. The plan was disclosed to the affected persons prior to ADB appraisal. A grievance mechanism and monitoring system have been established per Thai legal framework. With the assistance of a resettlement specialist, DOH will be responsible for implementing the plan.
Indigenous Peoples Indigenous peoples (category C). No indigenous peoples are present in the area as the project roads do not cross or affect any communities of indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Public consultations with stakeholders and with project-affected people were held during project planning. The results of these consultations were incorporated in the resettlement plan, environmental impact assessment, and the environmental management plan.
During Project Implementation Public consultations with stakeholders and with project-affected people will be held during project implementation. The results of these consultations will be incorporated in the resettlement plan, environmental impact assessment, and the environmental management plan.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The two consulting services packages under this project (i.e., construction supervision consultants or CSC, and the external independent financial auditor) were awarded in August 2018 following loan effectiveness, consistent with the advance actions per project design. Their services commenced on 1 October 2018.
Procurement All six civil works packages were awarded in August 2018 following loan effectiveness, consistent with the advance actions per project design. Their services commenced on 1 October 2018. Remaining procurement activities only cover small-value items under the provisional sum contract of the CSC, to which ADB's no objection is requested per activity. To date, ADB provided no objection to all eight requests for purchases/expenses for environment equipment and project evaluation equipment, seven SUV survey vehicles, financial report system and computers, CSC Office renovation, purchase of necessary furniture for CSC office and three domestic training programs.
Responsible ADB Officer Roop, James A.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Highways
Mr. Sanan Srirungrojana
[email protected]
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Rama VI Road, Khet Ratchthevee
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Mar 2017
Fact Finding 24 Apr 2017 to 05 May 2017
MRM 23 Jun 2017
Approval 20 Oct 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Apr 2021

Loan 3582-THA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2017 04 Jul 2018 27 Aug 2018 30 Sep 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 213.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 99.40 07 Sep 2021 88.13 0.00 97%
Counterpart 114.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Sep 2021 90.80 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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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
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2021
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2021
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2020
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2020
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2020
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Mar 2020
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2019
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2019
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Social Safeguard Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2019
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2019
Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2018-March 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2019
GMS Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Initial Environmental Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Oct 2017
GMS Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2017

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
External Independent Financial Auditor Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 11 Nov 2017 15 Dec 2017
Construction Supervision Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 11 Nov 2017 15 Dec 2017
41682-039-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project [Packages I, J, K, L, M, N] Invitation for Bids Closed 20 Oct 2017 15 Dec 2017
41682-THA: Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project Advance Notice Active 06 Oct 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CS1 - CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CONSULTANT Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 KOREA ENGINEERING CONSULTANT CORP. KOREA KOREA, REPUBLIC OF Department of Highways Consulting Services 8347688 4047507
PACKAGE N - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 23 ROI ET-YASOTHON SECTION 2 KM 142 412.000 TO KM 175 500.000 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 CH. THAVEE-THONGMA JOINT VENTURE 244 MOO 6, LAMNARAI, CHAIBADAN LOPBURI PROVINCE THAILAND Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 33635155 15920349
PACKAGE I - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 22 A. NONG HAN - A. PHANG KHON SECTION 1 KM60 000 TO KM74 850 / KM79 420 TO 88 00 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 BANCHAKIJ CO., LTD BANGKOK, THAILAND THAILAND Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 30035655 15060437
PACKAGE M - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 23 ROI ET-YASOTHON SECTION 1 KM 115 512.000 TO KM 141 412.00 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 CHINA RAILWAY 20TH BUREAU GROUP CORPORATION NO.89 TAIHUA NORTH ROAD, XI'AN CITY SHAANXI PROVINCE CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 29227105 14655015
PACKAGE J - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 22 A. NONG HAN - A. PHANG KHON SECTION 2 KM 88 000 TO KM 104 700 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 THAIWAT ENGINEERING CO. LTD BANGKOK, THAILAND THAILAND Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 29030091 14556229
PACKAGE L - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 22 SAKON NAKHON-NAKHON PHANOM SECTION 2 KM197 676 TO KM 223 073.635 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 PHRANAKORNSRIAYUTHAYA COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRY 2 SOI CHOKCHAI 4, LADPHRAO, BANGKOK THAILAND Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 26376840 13225839
PACKAGE K - CIVIL WORKS FOR HIGHWAY 22 SAKON NAKHON - NAKHON PHANOM SECTION 1 KM155 480 TO KM156 950,KM180 540-188 400,189 100 Loan 3582 28 Aug 2018 SERMSANGUAN CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. 44/10 MOO 5 PINKLAO-NAKHON CHAISI RD TAWI WATTHANA DISTRICT, BANGKOK THAILAND Department of Highways CONSTRUCTION 25182584 12627017

Procurement Plan