Nauru: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project)

Sovereign Project | 48480-003

Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project) will improve port operations in Nauru by building a wharf, breakwater, and a berth pocket at Aiwo, reconstructing port buildings and the container storage area, and strengthening the institutional capacity of Port Authority of Nauru.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Nauru
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project)
Project Number 48480-003
Country / Economy Nauru
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 6005-NAU: Port Development Project - Project Design Advance
Asian Development Fund US$ 3.00 million
Grant 0564-NAU: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity in Nauru (formerly Port Development Project)
Asian Development Fund US$ 21.30 million
Grant 0565-NAU: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity in Nauru (formerly Port Development Project)
Government of Australia US$ 14.08 million
Grant 0566-NAU: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity in Nauru (formerly Port Development Project)
Green Climate Fund US$ 26.91 million
Grant 0833-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project - Additional Financing
Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project) will improve port operations in Nauru by building a wharf, breakwater, and a berth pocket at Aiwo, reconstructing port buildings and the container storage area, and strengthening the institutional capacity of Port Authority of Nauru.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project will require (i) project design advance, (ii) project preparatory technical assistance, and (iii) capacity building and institutional strengthening of PAN to be provided under a transaction technical assistance.
Impact

Sustainability and quality of life of all Nauruans improved.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Efficiency, reliability, and climate-resilience of Aiwo port improved.

Progress Toward Outcome The civil works contract was awarded in Dec 2018, and the contractor commenced services in Jan 2019. The construction supervision consultants' contract was finalized and commenced services in Dec 2018. The construction of the port infrastructure is ongoing. Due to delays before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the completion date is expected by June 2023. An independent technical auditor (ITA), a deputy project manager (DPM), and a fisheries expert have been recruited for the project. The ITA consultants oversee the construction works and check that the work complies with contract specifications, FIDIC conditions of contract, and international best practices in construction supervision and project management. The DPM assists the Project Management Unit (PMU) within the Nauru Maritime and Port Authority (NMPA, formerly Port Authority of Nauru) with overall project implementation. The fisheries expert reviews the fisheries sector as part of the reform program for the NMPA.Individual consultants have been engaged since July 2018 under the ongoing parallel TA to undertake comprehensive reforms for NMPA. A competency training is scheduled to be delivered in Q4 2022 for NMPA staff. The Government of Japan provides port equipment as parallel financing, delivered once the port infrastructure construction is completed.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government and the contractor have agreed on a mutual suspension, whereby temporary works will proceed while permanent works will be attended to depending on the resources available to the contractor. The temporary suspension agreement was signed and was effective from 28 Aug 2020 to 17 Apr 2021. On 6 Apr 2021, the contractor mobilized additional personnel to Nauru, following strict COVID-19 guidelines. The suspension agreement was lifted on 17 Apr 2021 to resume works. The contractor arranged the second charter flight of 45 additional skilled workers, which arrived in Nauru on 14 Sep 2021. Another 44 contractor personnel arrived in Nauru on 11 Jan 2022. The project's safeguards category for involuntary resettlement was reclassified from category C to category A for involuntary resettlement on 3 Jun 2021, following the government's plan to permanently relocate 231 residents of the adjacent residential units to the port construction area. The government prepared a resettlement plan complying with ADB safeguard policies, and the plan was approved and disclosed on the ADB website.On 6 Dec 2021, the government and the contractor negotiated a revised completion time under a deed of variation, which included four milestones to complete the works: (i) provision of an operational wharf by 30 Apr 2022, enabling berthing of Nauru Shipping Line's Micronesian Pride; (ii) installing fuel pipeline by 31 Aug 2022 enabling discharging fuel from a tanker; (iii) completion of all works other than dredging by 31 Dec 2022; and (iv) completing dredging to -11m by 30 Jun 2023. At the May 2022 in-country mission, the contractor submitted a revised schedule for completing the milestone 1 by 15 September 2022, milestone 2 by 10 January 2023, and all the works by 30 Sep 2023. The contractor prepared an action plan for mobilizing additional resources supporting the revised completion schedule and agreed with ADB along with CSC and NPMA to monitor the progress of the action plan fortnightly. On 9 May 2022, ADB approved a $15.0 million additional financing grant financed by ADB to cover project cost overruns incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reimbursement for the previously unanticipated temporary relocation costs.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Climate-proofed port infrastructure constructed

Sustainable operations and maintenance achieved

Efficient port operations established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Women participation is encouraged in project activities.Construction of the port infrastructure is ongoing.Construction of the port buildings is yet to commence.Construction of the container storage yard is yet to commence.The government has completed the 3-year contribution to the O&M funds.IT software and equipment for NMPA have been procured and are being used in NMPA.Port reform activities is ongoing. The Maritime Security Bill 2019 and Ports and Navigation Bill 2019 were_both approved and passed by the Parliament in December_2019.The Parliament has approved to transform NMPA (formerly PAN) as a state-owned enterprise in August 2019.NMPA gender strategy is being developed.The engagement of concessionaire will be done 1 year after completion of the new port.NMPA has engaged counterpart staff in the PMU.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The location of the site and the proposed activities at the existing port will create site-specific, but nevertheless potential adverse environmental impacts and therefore mitigation measures will need to be designed and implemented. The feasibility study and project preparatory have been carried out through parallel project design advance (PDA) and technical assistance project, and the PDA activities include UXO assessment and geotechnical investigations. These created some environmental impacts and an IEE was prepared covering the pre-construction stage activities. An IEE covering the construction and operation activities have been prepared under the technical assistance project.
Involuntary Resettlement The existing port is located on land leased through long term arrangements to the government, the project will not require land acquisition or change in title. A cadastral survey has been undertaken as part of the PDA to confirm land ownership of affected plots, boundaries of plots, and nature of existing and extension (if required) to the leases.The lease agreements have been extended for indefinite period until the use of port for public purposes.
Indigenous Peoples The purpose of the project is to replace and upgrade the existing port infrastructure and improve capacity of the Port Authority of Nauru to manage the port operations and maintain the upgraded infrastructure. This will directly result in improved operational systems for international shipping access and services to Nauru whilst increasing efficiency of the port, health and safety to all workers and users and assist in the sustainable development of the country.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Government of Nauru and NMPA staff is engaged in all aspects of the project through investigation, design and implementation stages. The community consultations have been undertaken during project preparatory stage and is being continued during construction stage. The community will have the opportunity in serving at the project during construction stage and providing services such as food, accommodation, transportation for the construction staff.
During Project Implementation The Government (Ministry of Finance), Nauru Maritime and Port Authority (NMPA), NMPA workers, all importers and exporters, potential passengers, domestic market retailers, general public and development partners. The key stakeholders from the Government and NMPA form the project steering committee. The steering committee oversees project preparation and implementation. The business community and general public take part in consultative process. Ongoing review of the environment and other safeguards issues will be undertaken as part of the project due diligence. The civil society organizations (CSOs) have been consulted and involved during project preparatory stage in carrying out social surveys and will continue during construction stage for conducting workshops and training programs for preventing spread of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS from the international workers. Ongoing consultations with CSOs will be undertaken during the project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The recruitment of supervision consultants has been completed and the contract was signed on 6 December 2018.
Procurement The procurement of civil works contract has been completed and the contract was signed on 7 December 2018.
Responsible ADB Officer Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Dec 2015
Fact Finding 22 Oct 2017 to 25 Oct 2017
MRM 16 Nov 2017
Approval 16 Dec 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Aug 2022

Grant 0564-NAU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Jan 2018 13 Aug 2018 06 Sep 2018 30 Jun 2023 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 38.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 21.30 22 Nov 2022 20.97 0.00 98%
Counterpart 17.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2022 14.76 0.00 69%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

Grant 0565-NAU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Jan 2018 13 Aug 2018 06 Sep 2018 30 Jun 2023 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 14.08 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 22 Nov 2022 0.00 11.17 79%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 14.08 22 Nov 2022 0.00 6.80 48%

Grant 0566-NAU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Jan 2018 13 Aug 2018 06 Sep 2018 30 Jun 2023 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.91 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 22 Nov 2022 0.00 26.91 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 26.91 22 Nov 2022 0.00 19.32 72%

Grant 0833-NAU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 May 2022 10 May 2022 08 Aug 2022 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.15 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 22 Nov 2022 3.85 0.00 26%
Counterpart 0.15 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

Grant 6005-NAU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2015 22 Dec 2015 22 Dec 2015 31 Mar 2018 30 Jun 2023 05 Jul 2021
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.00 22 Nov 2022 3.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2022 3.00 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2022
Amendment to Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0564-NAU: Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity in Nauru Grant Agreement Nov 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Revised Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Oct 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2020-June 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2019-June 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Nov 2020
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2018-June 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2020
Port Development Project – Project Design Advance: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2018-June 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2020
Amendment to Grant Agreement for Grant 0564-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project Grant Agreement May 2019
Amendment to Grant Agreement for Grant 0565-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project Grant Agreement May 2019
Amendment to Grant Agreement for Grant 0566-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project Grant Agreement May 2019
Project Agreement for Grants 0564/0565/0566-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project in Nauru Project/Program Agreements Aug 2018
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed - GCF) for Grant 0566-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project in Nauru Grant Agreement Aug 2018
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed - Australia) for Grant 0565-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project in Nauru Grant Agreement Aug 2018
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0564-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project in Nauru Grant Agreement Aug 2018
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Dec 2017
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Project Administration Manual (As of Board Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual Dec 2017
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Dec 2017
TA 9009-NAU Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity Project (formerly Port Development Project): Final Report (Feasibility Report) Consultants' Reports Dec 2017
Port Development Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Apr 2017
Port Development Project: Poverty, Social and Gender Assessment Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Apr 2017
Port Development Project: Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategy Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Apr 2017
Port Development Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2015

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Fuel Pipeline Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jun 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Fuel Pipeline Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Feb 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Vibration Attenuation Updated Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Jan 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Temporary Relocation Incident Report Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jan 2022
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Addendum 02 to the Relocation Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Consultation and Communications Plan Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Sep 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (Location Investigation) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Vibration Attenuation Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Sep 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Addendum to the Relocation Plan Resettlement Plans Sep 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Night Work Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Aug 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Jun 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Aiwo Bridge Strengthening Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Apr 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Updated Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Apr 2021
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2020
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Nov 2020
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Northern Yard Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Sep 2020
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2020
Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2019
Port Development Project: Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2017
Port Development Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2017

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Assistant Port Construction Engineer/Works Superintendent Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Mar 2021 30 Apr 2021
Competency Training Delivery Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Jan 2020 05 Feb 2020
Fisheries Sector Evaluation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2019 12 Apr 2019
Deputy Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2019 08 Apr 2019
Independent Technical Verifier Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Nov 2018 26 Nov 2018
Grant No. 48480-NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project [1] Invitation for Bids Closed 06 Jun 2018 13 Sep 2018
NAU: Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Connectivity Project Advance Notice Active 05 Jun 2018
Supervision Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2018 09 Mar 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
SUPERVISION CONSULTANTS Grant 0564 07 Dec 2018 CARDNO EMERGING MARKETS (AUS) PTY LTD | LEVEL 4 501 SWANSTON STREET MELBOURNE VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance 1,805,082.16
RE-DEVELOPMENT OF AIWO PORT Grant 0564 07 Dec 2018 CHINA HARBOUR ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD | NO. 9 CHUNXIU ROAD DONGZHIMENWAI BEIJING 100027 CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Finance 15,803,390.70
RE-DEVELOPMENT OF AIWO PORT Grant 0565 07 Dec 2018 CHINA HARBOUR ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD | NO. 9 CHUNXIU ROAD DONGZHIMENWAI BEIJING 100027 CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Finance 9,326,636.81
RE-DEVELOPMENT OF AIWO PORT Grant 0566 07 Dec 2018 CHINA HARBOUR ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD | NO. 9 CHUNXIU ROAD DONGZHIMENWAI BEIJING 100027 CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Finance 21,475,088.27

Procurement Plan