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Thailand: Greater Mekong Subregion Highway Expansion Phase 2 Project

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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
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Results of project's review missions during 9-11 July and 7-9 August 2020 were satisfactory and are in line with the current quarterly progress report number 7 (April-June 2020) from the EA.As of August 2020, Output 1 (civil works) recorded overall 83.785% progress and is 3.141% ahead of schedule. Output 2 activities (road safety management) are also being timely implemented. Compliance to covenants and COVID-19 precautionary measures are noteworthy as presented below.Safeguards: The Grievance Redress Working Groups (GRWG), established for each of the 6 package, have been meeting at least every two months to discuss concerns, remedial measures and follow-up actions. CSC regularly meets them for monitoring. EA's online web-based complaint system continues to process feedback/complaints. It has been observed that contractors have taken appropriate actions to address issues.Environment: The project's COVID-19 health and safety plan was completed by the EA, CSC and contractors, and its implementation is being closely monitored. A risk assessment has also been completed. Compliance to environmental safeguards has been generally satisfactory. Key recommendations from last mission such as specifying animal crossings structures/measures/signs under the project has been properly addressed and managed. Monthly site inspections have been done by CSC to ensure CEMPs are adequately implemented. Four Semi-Annual Environmental Monitoring Reports (SEMR) have been completed for: (i) Oct 2018-Mar 2019 submitted in May 2019; (ii) Jan-Jun 2019 submitted in August 2019; and (iii) Jul-Dec 2019 submitted in Feb 2020 with additional clarification on 3rd SEMR (Jul-Dec 2019) submitted in July 2020 and (iv) 4th SEMR (Jan-June 2020) submitted on 14 September 2020.Social: Monitoring of compliance to social safeguards is continuing. It was reported that social development activities such as provision of livelihood training programs to affected persons and households are ongoing. Three Semi-Annual Social Safeguards Monitoring Reports (SSMR) have been completed: (i) Jan-June 2019 submitted in August 2019, (ii) July-Dec 2019 submitted in March 2020 and (iii) 3rd SSRM (Jan-Jun 2020) submitted on 28 August 2020.Labor standards, health and safety. Core labor standards and its applicable laws and regulations, including health and safety concerns, are being complied with. Workers' housing within the construction campsite is generally well managed. Monitoring of compliance to Thailand's latest labor protection act is continuing.Awareness-raising activities on HIV/AIDS and human trafficking have been continuing. EA, CSC and contractors have been duly educating all employees and workers of infection prevention and control measures as part of the COVID-19 health and safety plan implementation. Four provinces are covered under the project and reported COVID-19 cases in these provinces were only 7 with no fatality, and none is linked to project staff and workers. COVID-19 related updates are reported in the project's quarterly report No.7.Gender: Gender and development elements are mainstreamed in the resettlement plan to include sex-disaggregated indicators for monitoring of social benefits, economic opportunities and resettlement activities. As of August 2020, the share of female staff for all contracts is 21.76%. Payment is differentiated based on skills in accordance with relevant Thai laws, and there is no gap in the wages of male and female. EA and CSC have been reminded to closely monitor and record male-female participation in all project activities.Financial Management (FM): FM requirements have been fully complied with to date. The second project audit report (FY Oct 2018-Sep 2019) was disclosed in ADB website on 4 March 2020 and the first one for FY 2018 was also disclosed in May 2019. The required quarterly liquidation of withdrawal applications through Statement of Expenditures has also been complied with.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

As of August 2020, overall progress is 83.785% which is 3.141% ahead of schedule. During the last 2 review missions (in July and August) and discussion with EA in late August, no major issues were noted.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, two packages (I and M) reported delays at -17.978% and -12.747%, respectively. The delay in Package I was reported to be associated with internal management issues but specifically due to a combination of factors relating to surface course works, materials, sub-contracted works, machine repair, among others. The delay in Package M was reported to be mainly associated with labor-related problems (shortage, difficulty in recruitment, availability of workers with required skills especially for bridgeworks, nature of available workers seasonal). The catch-up plans are under discussions. The mid-term review is planned in mid October 2020. The ADB has emphasized that EA, CSC and contractors should ensure that quality standards for the works be adhered to.

Good progress in road safety activities, as planned, has been continuing. The road safety training with schools and communities is noteworthy Analysis of road accident statistics are being feed into traffic management plans. It was noted that Package N has the highest number of accidents among all packages because it is the longest stretch of all and the road links to Isan Region, where people travel frequently, particularly between Roi Et and Yasothon. It was noted that widening at U-turn slots is a recently introduced design feature to smoothen the turning of trucks for road safety purposes, which is part of the NH22 design.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
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 seven 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 two domestic training programs.
Responsible ADB Officer Concepcion, Rhodora B.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Highways
[email protected]
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Rama VI Road, Khet Ratchthevee
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2020

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 20 Oct 2017 89.27 0.00 98%
Counterpart 114.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2017 90.80 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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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 8,347,688.00 4,047,507.00
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 33,635,155.00 15,920,349.00
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 30,035,655.00 15,060,437.00
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 29,227,105.00 14,655,015.00
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 29,030,091.00 14,556,229.00
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 26,376,840.00 13,225,839.00
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 25,182,584.00 12,627,017.00

Procurement Plan