TA will finance the participation of consultants for 10th to 12th TWG meetings as well as hold separate buyers and sellers meeting, to resolve issues to finalize GSPA and integrate OA as part of the GSPA signing. The perceived risks of the TA are the (i) nonconformance of any of the governments to hold the meetings, (ii) change in governments' priorities, and (iii) insurgencies or external conflicts. However, the governments' active participation in the TWGs and steering committee meetings, coupled with exchange visits of top-level officials, reflect their commitment to developing a common approach to various bilateral and multilateral issues in realizing the project.
|Project Name||Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Natural Gas Pipeline Project (Phase 2)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Oil and gas transmission and distribution
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||TA will finance the participation of consultants for 10th to 12th TWG meetings as well as hold separate buyers and sellers meeting, to resolve issues to finalize GSPA and integrate OA as part of the GSPA signing. The perceived risks of the TA are the (i) nonconformance of any of the governments to hold the meetings, (ii) change in governments' priorities, and (iii) insurgencies or external conflicts. However, the governments' active participation in the TWGs and steering committee meetings, coupled with exchange visits of top-level officials, reflect their commitment to developing a common approach to various bilateral and multilateral issues in realizing the project.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The governments of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have requested ADB to continue to provide legal counsel and support for negotiations and finalization of GSPA and Operational Agreement (OA) to meet the target date for signing the same in April 2011. As such, the 10th to 12th technical working group (TWG) meetings have been scheduled for February to March 2011 to expedite negotiations and formulate agreements which include, among others, (i) supply quantity, (ii) contract price, (iii) taxes, (iv) payment arrangements, (v) payment security, (vi) guarantees, (vii) dedication of gas reserves, (viii) maintenance, (ix) metering, and (x) insurance.|
|Impact||Increased energy security in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan; and enhanced energy market in Turkmenistan.|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced regional cooperation in Central West Asia on energy trading|
|Progress Toward Outcome||ADB held the TAPI's Buyers/ADB and Seller/ADB Meeting on 10-12 January 2011 and 24-26 January 2011, respectively. ADB likewise facilitated the GSPA negotiations and agreements on the 10th - 15th TAPI Technical Working Group (TWG) Meetings between mid-February to late-July 2011. The GSPA is currently being finalized for signature of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indian Parties by September 2011.|
|Description of Project Outputs||Buyers and sellers meetings, and 10th to 12th TWG Meetings successfully concluded.|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
ADB/Buyers Meeting took place on 10-12 Jan 2011 while ADB/Sellers Meeting on 24-26 Jan 2011. The 10th TWG Meeting was held on 14-17 Feb 2011. In addition, bilateral meetings between TKM/IND and TKM/PAK were held on 7-8 and 10-11 Feb 2011, respectively. ADB facilitated the following TWG meetings: (1) 11th TWG on 3-7 Mar 2011 in Singapore; (2) 12th TWG on 23-25 Mar 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan; (3) 13th TWG and 13th Steering Committee Meeting on 25-28 Apr 2011 in Delhi, India; (4) 14th TWG on 30 May-3 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines; and (5) 15th TWG on 28 July 2011 in Dubai, UAE.
Finalization of Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement is on-going.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The governments of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have been consulted on the extent of assistance needed to facilitate the necessary agreements to trade the exportation and importation of natural gas in the four countries.|
|During Project Implementation||Close coordination with the four governments will be undertaken to ensure the effectiveness of the ADB assistance.|
Initially, four (4) person-months of international consulting services (Legal Advisor) was required to assist in the preparation and finalization of buyers' and sellers' agreements, as well as the GSPA. A Legal Advisor was engaged on 12 January 2011. Missions have been fielded on 10-12 January 2011 and 24-26 January 2011 to facilitate the TAPI's Buyers/ADB and Seller/ADB Meeting, respectively. Likewise, GSPA negotiations and agreements were facilitated by ADB with the help of the Legal Advisor on the 10th, 11th and 12th TAPI Technical Working Group (TWG) Meetings between mid-February to end-March 2011.
With the outstanding issues of GSPA finalization, additional TWG meetings were necessitated. As such, the consulting service was extended to assist ADB in facilitating the 13th TWG meeting on 25-28 Apr 2011 in Delhi, India and 14th TWG meeting on 30 May -3 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Chansavat, Bouadokpheng|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Energy Division, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||02 Mar 2011|
|Fact Finding||02 Mar 2011 to 15 Mar 2011|
|Approval||23 Dec 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||31 Aug 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|23 Dec 2010||-||23 Dec 2010||30 Apr 2011||31 May 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|525,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||525,000.00||23 Dec 2010||505,483.84|
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|Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Natural Gas Pipeline Project||TA Completion Reports||Nov 2012|
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