48025-001: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Pap-Namangan-Andijan) Railway Electrification Project | Asian Development Bank

Uzbekistan: Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Pap-Namangan-Andijan) Railway Electrification Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48025-001 Status: Closed

The Government of Uzbekistan (the government) has requested Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance for the electrification of the railway line from Pap to Namangan to Andijan. The proposed project (the Project) will electrify the missing 145.1 kilometers (km) of non-electrified track linking major cities in the populous Fergana Valley with Tashkent. This will facilitate direct and efficient operation of both freight and passenger train services and thereby promote economic and social development of the Fergana Valley.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sakamoto, Ko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Pap-Namangan-Andijan) Railway Electrification Project
Project Number 48025-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8706-UZB: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Pap-Namangan-Andijan) Railway Electrification Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Government of Uzbekistan (the government) has requested Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance for the electrification of the railway line from Pap to Namangan to Andijan. The proposed project (the Project) will electrify the missing 145.1 kilometers (km) of non-electrified track linking major cities in the populous Fergana Valley with Tashkent. This will facilitate direct and efficient operation of both freight and passenger train services and thereby promote economic and social development of the Fergana Valley.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Railway transport has a competitive advantage over road transport for moving commodities and goods in bulk over long distances, and is more environmentally friendly. Railways in Uzbekistan have carried about 60 million tons of freight and 15 million passengers annually over the past decade, and remain a backbone to Uzbekistan's economy.

The joint stock company O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) is responsible for the management and operation of the nation-wide 4,669 km railway network. It has worked with development partners to undertake modernization and reforms. ADB has provided two loans for rehabilitation and modernization of infrastructure, and a loan for electrification of a railway line between Marakand and Karshi. Based on the government's Railway Electrification Program up to 2020, UTY is continuing to carry out electrification of main lines to improve hauling capacity, cut operating cost and improve environmental performance. Institutional reform of UTY was initiated by the Government in 1997 and supported by ADB, under which ancillary rail services have been largely separated from core operations. Downsizing of staff and non-core assets improved efficiency and sustainability of operations.

Despite these efforts, the railways still face long transport times, inadequate service quality, and high operating costs, because of aged or inadequate infrastructure, operational inefficiencies, competition from road transport, and an insufficient number of locomotives. This results in lost economic opportunities, suboptimal regional trade, and negative environmental impacts. The project tackles this core problem by accelerating investment in critical railway infrastructure, namely, the electrification of non-electrified tracks in the densely populated Fergana Valley.

The project will increase the mobility of goods and people in the Fergana Valley, improve environmental and safety performance of railways, and accelerate regional connectivity. As of 2016, rail operations on the Pap Namangan Andijan line are limited to two passenger trains and three freight trains per day. By extending an adjacent project being undertaken by UTY to electrify the Pap Kokand Margilan Andijan line, the project will allow reliable, more frequent, and higher-speed connections between the major cities and towns in the Fergana Valley.

Switching from diesel to electric traction will reduce the amount of noise, vibration, and air pollution from each train. By increasing the capacity and attractiveness of rail travel, the project will help shift transport away from roads and reduce local pollutants and greenhouse gases. The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 tons per year. Operational safety in the Fergana Valley will be improved through a dedicated project component on railway safety.

The project supports the development of the Fergana Valley Tashkent Economic Corridor. The completion of the Pap Angren line in mid-2016 allowed for the first time a continuous, electrified railway link between the Fergana Valley and Tashkent. The project will extend the electrified network to major cities and towns in the Fergana Valley. Travel time from Namangan to Tashkent will be cut from the current 5 hours by road to about 3 hours by rail, enabling better access to employment opportunities in Tashkent. Also, businesses headquartered in Tashkent will be able to move more of its activities to the Fergana Valley. For freight transport, UTY forecasts up to a fourfold increase in the amount of freight to be carried annually between the Fergana Valley and Tashkent, subject to the electrification of lines in the Fergana Valley being completed.

The project railway is part of CAREC Corridor 2, linking Uzbekistan to the People's Republic of China to the east and Europe to the west. The project railway forms a central link on CAREC designated rail corridors 202 and 203.

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
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Meetings with relevant government agencies, NGOs and/or community-based organizations, and focus group consultations with local communities and affected people, supplemented by surveys, have been conducted during the course of this PPTA.
During Project Implementation UTY, the consultants, and ADB will continue to conduct needed stakeholder consultations during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PPTA will require 13 person-months (PMs) international specialists and 14 PMs of national experts to be recruited individually. The recruitment will be in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement The procurement of equipment by consultants under the TA, should it be needed, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time)
Responsible ADB Officer Sakamoto, Ko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari
Alisher Juraev, Head, Project Implementation Unit-Electrification, UTY
7 Taras Shevochenko St. Tashkent 70060 Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 25 Aug 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2017

TA 8706-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Aug 2014 17 Sep 2014 17 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2016 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 25 Aug 2014 390,754.10

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