ADB is helping Tajikistan expand and modernize its electricity transmission system, which will boost energy trading with neighboring countries to meet winter shortages. The project will include the construction of two new 220-kilovolt transmission lines totaling 140 kilometers, and the rehabilitation of substations. It will support reforms, including restructuring state-owned utility Barki Tojik.
|Project Name||Regional Power Transmission Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
The Project will help Tajikistan achieve energy security. It will improve regional connectivity and support power trade. The Project will also improve energy efficiency and overall performance in the power sector.
Physical: The project will build two new 220 kV single-circuit transmission lines totaling 140 km of overhead line (OHL). It will also rehabilitate in whole or part six transmission substations at Kairakkum, Asht, Geran, Rumi, Baipaza, and Regar. A third output is to put in place a SCADA system linked to a National Dispatch Centre in Dushanbe, and 32 priority substations across the country (capable of expansion to 204 national substations). The construction of these facilities will be done through three design, supply and install contracts, including testing and commissioning.
Nonphysical: The project will implement a sector operational performance improvement program targeting Barki Tojik and comprising the following activities: (i) development of program strategic and business plans and corporate governance changes; (ii) commercial, operating and financial plans; (iii) project management and training; (iv) preparation of accounting and management information systems; and (v) preparation of technical or operational performance audits. The program also includes reviews of sector-wide policy and institutional issues followed by sector reform program with specific action plans and their implementation. The reform program will be supported by ADB through the proposed project implementation. Least-cost sector infrastructure development master plan is an additional output.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is critical for energy security in Tajikistan. It targets the expansion and modernization of the electricity transmission network and paves the way for much needed reforms. Transmission network modernization is a precondition to cutting system losses, improving energy efficiency, and facilitating energy trade with neighboring countries. The latter is a national priority, but also a key goal under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC). Reform focuses mainly on the national utility company, Barki Tojik. This is a precondition for raising key performance indicators, governance, and institutional effectiveness.|
|Impact||Improved reliability of TAJ power supply and for regional power trade.|
|Description of Outcome||Upgraded high-voltage transmission network|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Project outcome will be achieved as envisaged. Project progress is satisfactory.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
New transmission lines constructed
SCADA system installed.
Barki Tojik operational performance improved.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Lot 1: Construction of (i) Kayrakkum-Asht 220kV transmission line and 220kV substation extensions (ii) Geran-Rumi 220kV transmission line and 220kV substation extensions, and (iii) Sughd-Kayrakkum 220kV transmission line and new 220kV feeder at 500kV Sughd substation are completed.
Lot 2: Rehabilitation of Regar-500, Asht, Rumi, Baypaza, Kayrakkum and construction of new Geran-2 substations are completed.
Lot 3: The overall physical progress is 82%. Works are ongoing.
Barki Tojik's restructuring is ongoing.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Environmental categorization of the project is B. The transmission lines run through areas with low environmental sensitivities and do not traverse any village or settlement. Distances to any dwelling or settlement will be kept at a minimum of 50 meters. No significant or irreversible impacts are expected with the operation of the new lines. There will be some temporary impacts during the construction phase but appropriate mitigation measures have been developed. Provided the environmental management and monitoring program is properly implemented, these impacts will not be significant. Barki Tojik's environmental management expertise is low; provisions for training are included in the environmental management budget.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Two subprojects Geran-Rumi and the Kairakhum-Asht transmission lines will cause impacts only on two-thirds and one-third of the alignment, respectively, and affect only small plots occupied by tower bases. These two subprojects will also cause small losses of crops and trees due to stringing operations and the construction of the towers. Overall, the subproject impacts will have minimal effects on the livelihood of affected people. No impact on buildings will occur and no family will have to be resettled. In order to assess and set the mechanisms for the compensation of these impacts, a land acquisition and resettlement plan was prepared in accordance with the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).10 Involuntary resettlement category is B. Under Tajikistan law, few farmers own their lands. This means that no land will be technically acquired and no land compensation will be provided. However, to rehabilitate the affected people for land-use losses, they will receive income from the land occupied by the towers in addition to actual crop compensation.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Classified as category C under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, 2009. The Project is not expected to affect indigenous people as defined under the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The public consultation (PC) process with various stakeholders was carried out on site reconnaissance visits in a period from January 15 to March 3, 2010 in line with ADB guidelines, introducing the projects details and discussing on potential social and environmental impact of the project. Under ADB requirements the environmental assessment process must include meaningful public consultation during the completion of the IEE. In this IEE and social impact assessment the PC process involved public and other stakeholders from the earliest stage of the project, including stakeholder meetings at focal locations in the southern and northern districts along the planned routes to know the opinion of municipalities and related specialists. During the meetings the project has been introduced, the IEE process explained and potential impacts discussed as well as recommendations, comments and concerns/complaints have been collected. Interviews were conducted with local families and communities along the entire transmission line.|
|During Project Implementation||Public consultations and discussions will continue in the future in certain stages of the project implementation.|
All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Two consulting firms will be recruited with one to provide project management services and the other to implement operational performance improvement program. Both consulting firms will be selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (April 2010, as amended from time to time). Quality- and cost-based selection method with technical:cost weighting of 80:20 will be used.
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
Engineering Procurement Construction: Three plant-design, supply and install contracts covering the entire Project will be procured by Barki Tojik using international competitive bidding in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. One plant-design, supply and install contract will cover transmission
lines, the second plant-design, supply and install contract will cover substations, and the third contract will cover SCADA works. Single stage, two-envelope procurement procedure without prequalification will be used.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Luo, Tianhua|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Tajikistan Resident Mission|
Barki Tojik Joint Stock Holding Company
I. Somoni Str., 64 Ministry of Energy and Industry
Mr. Shoimzoda Jamshed Shodi, Deputy Minister
22 Rudaki Avenue, Dushanbe 734012 Republic of Tajikistan
|Concept Clearance||23 Apr 2010|
|Fact Finding||05 Apr 2010 to 16 Apr 2010|
|Approval||13 Aug 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||29 Jul 2010|
|Last PDS Update||15 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Aug 2010||16 Sep 2010||19 Oct 2010||31 Aug 2015||31 Dec 2017||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||141.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||122.00||13 Aug 2010||119.45||0.00||98%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||13 Aug 2010||113.28||0.00||93%|
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