47282-005: Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (Formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023) | Asian Development Bank

Afghanistan: Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (Formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47282-005 Status: Approved

Tranche 3, the Naghlu Solar Power Project, has 2 main components: (i) construction in Surobi, Kabul province of a 20 MW on-grid solar photovoltaic plant and support facilities, substation upgrade, and 3 years O&M services, and (ii) capacity development for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). It will also prepare the site for an additional 10 MW PV plant for future financing by ADB, other development partners or private sector. The project will connect to the Naghlu Hydropower Plant substation and transmission line 2 km away for power evacuation and balancing. Tapping Afghanistan's 223 GW solar potential, the project will partially and quickly fill the demand-supply gap and improve sustainability of the northeast grid covering Kabul and Jalalabad. The project is aligned with the MFF and Afghanistan National Energy Supply Program (NESP).

 
Project Name Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (Formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023)
Project Number 47282-005
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0545-AFG: Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 44.76 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Tranche 3, the Naghlu Solar Power Project, has 2 main components: (i) construction in Surobi, Kabul province of a 20 MW on-grid solar photovoltaic plant and support facilities, substation upgrade, and 3 years O&M services, and (ii) capacity development for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). It will also prepare the site for an additional 10 MW PV plant for future financing by ADB, other development partners or private sector. The project will connect to the Naghlu Hydropower Plant substation and transmission line 2 km away for power evacuation and balancing. Tapping Afghanistan's 223 GW solar potential, the project will partially and quickly fill the demand-supply gap and improve sustainability of the northeast grid covering Kabul and Jalalabad. The project is aligned with the MFF and Afghanistan National Energy Supply Program (NESP).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project will (i) add indigenous power to the grid, thus increasing energy security; (ii) provide proof of concept that large, on-grid solar is technically and financially viable in Afghanistan with the grid remaining stable, thus attracting private sector investments; (iii) show ADB's support to the government to develop a methodology to attract independent power producers; (iv) introduce performance-based contracting by using a design-build-operate contract; and, (v) introduce latest technology for efficient grid integration of solar power.
Impact Access to sustainable energy supply across Afghanistan improved, in line with the targets of the National Energy Supply Program of the Government of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Policy.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Supply of indigenous renewable energy in Afghanistan increased.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Solar photovoltaic power plant with transformer and support facilities installed and operational, and 3 years of operation and maintenance services completed

Technical capacity of DABS and MEW on solar photovoltaic plant design, technical evaluation, grid integration, and operations and maintenance increased

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Tiangco, Cinderella C.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
Chaman Houzouri, Kabul, Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan
Ministry of Finance
Pashtunistan Watt,
Kabul,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 07 Jul 2017
Approval 29 Sep 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2017

Grant 0545-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Sep 2017 - - 30 Sep 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 46.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 44.76 29 Sep 2017 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.74 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Sep 2017 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
47282-005: Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program, Tranche 3 Advance Notice Active 17 Jul 2017

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