48192-001: Cyclone Ian Recovery Project | Asian Development Bank

Tonga: Cyclone Ian Recovery Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48192-001 Status: Active

ADB is helping Tonga reconstruct the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. The project will upgrade the main electricity network in the Ha’apai islands to make it more resilient to extreme weather events and disasters. Most of the damaged schools will be rebuilt as well as climate- and disaster-proofed by the project.

Project Details

Project Officer
Narayan, Vijay Pacific Department Request for information
  • Tonga
  • Grant
  • Energy
Project Name Cyclone Ian Recovery Project
Project Number 48192-001
Country Tonga
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0389-TON: Cyclone Ian Recovery Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 4.52 million
Grant 0390-TON: Cyclone Ian Recovery Project
Government of New Zealand US$ 4.27 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact More climate and disaster resilient electricity and education services provided to the people of Ha'apai
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Electricity supply restored and normal education services resumed at pre-Cyclone Ian levels for the people of Ha'apai
Progress Toward Outcome An ADB mission was fielded in Februry 2015 to review and accelerate implementation of schools reconstruction. Bids for 1st lot of 5 primary schools were invited in March 2015 and contracts award made in April 2015. Another three contracts for the second lot of 5 primary schools on Lifuka and Foa Islands were signed in June 2015. All 10 Government Primary Schools + two mission primary schools were completed and formally handed over to Government in February 2016. Ha'apai High School contract was awarded in December 2015 and all work completed and handed over in June 2016 with new furniture. Works commenced in June 2016 on 3 church managed high schools and completed in Oct/Nov 2016. Under Component 1 the Power restoration works on Ha'apai using more disaster resilient methods have been completed by TPL and commissioned in Feb 2016. Under component 3 of the grant assistance, all asbestos from Ha'apai have been removed and carted to dump site in Tongatapu. Additional works undertaken under the project to Upgrade the Ministry of Education Primary Office in Ha'apai. Works commenced in November 2016 and completed in February 2017. All key subprojects under the project have been completed. There was some project savings under G0389-TON and at the government's request the project is now rehabilitating/reconstructing the public market and the court house in Ha'apai for which contract were signed in September 2017 and works are expected to be completed in April 2018. TPL is also working on extending the power cable to the proposed new hospital site in Ha'apai by March/April 2018.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Ha'apai electricity network reconstructed and climate- and disaster-proofed.

School buildings reconstructed and climate- and disaster- proofed.

Removal of asbestos from damaged buildings.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

No issues

Outputs under electricity reconstruction fully achieved

Classes has resumed in 16 upgraded schools

Removal of asbestos has been completed and transported to Tongatapu for safe disposal in the land fill.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects All environmental aspects complied with during upgrade and construction.
Involuntary Resettlement No resettlement issues
Indigenous Peoples No Indigenous Peoples issue
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Undertaken
During Project Implementation Undertaken during project review missions.
Responsible ADB Officer Narayan, Vijay
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Vuna Road
Kingdom of Tonga
Concept Clearance 12 Mar 2014
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2014 to 21 Mar 2014
MRM 28 Mar 2014
Approval 16 May 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Mar 2018

Grant 0389-TON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 May 2014 25 Jun 2014 17 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.43 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 4.52 16 May 2014 4.48 0.00 99%
Counterpart 1.91 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 May 2014 4.44 0.00 98%

Grant 0390-TON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 May 2014 25 Jun 2014 17 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4.27 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 16 May 2014 0.00 4.25 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 4.27 16 May 2014 0.00 3.63 85%

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Cyclone Ian Recovery Project Procurement Plans May 2014