Tonga: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project - Additional Financing

Sovereign Project | 43452-023 Status: Approved

The Asian Development Bank is working with Tonga to cut reliance on diesel for power generation and expand the use of solar power in the outer islands. The project is allowing Tonga to reduce power distribution losses and fuel consumption while delivering the same amount of electricity to consumers.

Project Details

Project Officer
Woo Yul Lee Pacific Department Request for information
Approval Date
  • 20 October 2015
Country
  • Tonga
Modality
  • Grant
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Outer Island Renewable Energy Project - Additional Financing
Project Number 43452-023
Country Tonga
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0444-TON: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project - Additional Financing
Asian Development Fund US$ 1.44 million
Grant 0445-TON: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project - Additional Financing
European Union US$ 3.57 million
Grant 0446-TON: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project - Additional Financing
ATF Second Denmark Renewable Energy US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The overall project, including the additional financing project, is classified as category B for environment following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement 2009 (SPS). The main potential impacts identified include (i) limited impacts on flora and fauna during construction, (ii) limited visual impact. Adequate mitigation measures have been incorporated into the environmental management plan, which will form part of the solar PV plants. A climate change adaptation risk evaluation was conducted and considered in infrastructure design. The PMU will lead the environmental supervision.
Involuntary Resettlement Both original and additional financing projects have been classified as category C for involuntary resettlement and category C for indigenous peoples following ADB's SPS. The project does not involve physical displacement of people or structures, nor impact on indigenous peoples. The project will be implemented in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

PMU will prepare a stakeholder communication strategy and submit to ADB for review by the end of month 3 after grant effectiveness. All communication will be in language suitable for the specific audience and will follow the ADB Public Communication Policy. The stakeholder strategy will incorporate the following components:

(i) Compilation of stakeholder communication activities already undertaken.

(ii) Role of PSC in coordinating and communicating with relevant government stakeholders.

(iii) Public communication plan for disseminating information regarding project development to the public who may be impacted by the proposed projects.

During Project Implementation

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Woo Yul Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 18 May 2015 to 23 May 2015
MRM 21 Jul 2015
Approval 20 Oct 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Sep 2015

Grant 0444-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2015 30 Oct 2015 13 Nov 2015 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.11 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 1.44 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.67 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0445-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2015 30 Oct 2015 13 Nov 2015 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.57 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.57 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0446-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2015 30 Oct 2015 13 Nov 2015 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.75 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.75 20 Oct 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

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The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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