ADB is helping Afghanistan improve power supply in the northern, eastern, and southern parts of the country. The project will build a 500-kV/220-kV substation at Dashte Alwan, which will connect to a 500-kV transmission line crossing the Hindukush mountains via the Salang Pass route. This will add 1,000 megawatts to the system and allow power imports from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
|Project Name||Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The project consists of construction and commissioning of a 500-kV/220-kV substation at Dashte Alwan (near Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan) to connect to a 500-kV transmission line traversing the Hindukush mountains via the Salang Pass route. The project will augment the existing 300-MW transmission capacity between northern and southern Afghanistan by an additional 1,000 MW, to initally allow indigenous generation, as well as power import from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to supply Afghanistan's domestic needs.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The project is related to another ADB-assisted power project, the North-South Power Transmission Enhancement Project, which will construct a (i) 225-km 500-kV transmission line from north to south Afghanistan, and (ii) 500-kV substation at the southern end of this 500-kV line in south west Kabul.
The project is identified in Afghanistan power master plan (2012-32) and in the Afghanistan National Energy Supply Program as the link most needed to meet the country's future power needs.
|Impact||Better and cost-effective power supply to all customers|
|Description of Outcome||Sustainable power supply in northern, eastern and southern Afghanistan|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The EPC contract has been awarded in December 2015. The mobilization advance was only approved by the National Procurement Commission of the Government of Afghanistan in early May 2016 and mobilization advance was disburse on 21 June 2016. Contractor has been fielded in August 2016 and the design work is in progress is on track. Construction activities will begin from April 2017.|
|Description of Project Outputs||Commissioning of a 500-kV substation at Dashte Alwan|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Target is achievable in the requisite timeframe.|
|Geographical Location||Dashte Alwan|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Environmental Aspects||Environmental categorization of the project is B in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS 2009). An IEE was prepared and disclosed on ADB's website on 22 August 2013 in accordance with SPS. The draft LARP was disclosed on the ADB website on 22 August 2013. The IEE and environment monitoring plan will be updated prior to construction activity. The substation site has low environmental sensitivities with no significant environmental impacts expected during construction and operation phases. The environmental management plan has been prepared as part of the IEE to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to handle the environmental impacts. PMO staff is involved in similar projects financed by ADB and they have sufficient capacity to manage the environmental safeguards. Environmental specialists of the implementation consultants will also provide support to the PMO. Once the construction activities begin, the Environmental management Plan will be updated and posted on ADB's website bi-annually.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is category B for involuntary resettlement safeguard. A LARP has been prepared based on project design, in close consultation with affected farming community, and disclosed on ADB's website on 22 August 2013. A socioeconomic survey was carried out in June 2013. DABS will update the LARP after finalizing the detailed design and submit it to ADB for approval before physical works can begin. The contractor preparing the design to order the equipment. Construction activities will begin from April 2017.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is categorized C for indigenous peoples safeguard. The field social survey found no ethnic minority, as described in SPS 2009, involved or affected by the project.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The project has limited scope for stakeholder engagement since it involves construction of upstream power sector infrastructure. Information sharing will relate to the siting of infrastructure in relation to land acquisition.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations with all stakeholders will be undertaken during implementation and construction works. A process and modality for such consultative process of dialogue is already institutionalized under the earlier 4 tranches of MFF. The land acquisition and resettlement plans and environment management plans will be updated in requisite intervals.|
|Consulting Services||The PMO established in DABS under previous tranches will be responsible for project implementation. An implementation consultant will be recruited to assist the PMO. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and Its Borrowers (2013, as amended from time to time). Implementation consultant will be recruited using the quality- and cost-based selection method. Least-cost selection will be used for auditing services.|
|Procurement||Procurement of works and goods to be financed under the project will be undertaken in accordance with ADB''s Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding will be used for the turnkey contract 500-kV substations package.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Aleem, Asad|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Energy Division, CWRD|
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
|MRM||11 Sep 2013|
|Approval||04 Dec 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|04 Dec 2013||14 Dec 2013||10 Mar 2014||30 Jun 2017||28 Nov 2018||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||53.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||49.10||04 Dec 2013||49.10||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||04 Dec 2013||11.47||0.00||23%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Energy Sector Development Investment Program – Project 5||Grant Agreement||Dec 2013|
|Project Agreement for Energy Sector Development Investment Program – Project 5||Project/Program Agreements||Dec 2013|
|Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Dec 2013|
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|
|Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5||Resettlement Frameworks||Sep 2013|
|Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5: 500 kV Dashte Alwan Substation Project||Initial Environmental Examination||Sep 2013|
|Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5||Environmental Assessment and Review Framework||Sep 2013|
|Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 5: 500 kV Dashte Alwan Substation Project||Resettlement Plans||Aug 2013|
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