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Fiji: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program, Tranche 1

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49001-003 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Fiji ensure future growth in the greater Suva area is sustainable and will improve public health. The project is improving access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in the Suva area.

Project Details

Project Officer
Katich, Kristina N. Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Fiji
Modality
  • Grant
  • Loan
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program, Tranche 1
Project Number 49001-003
Country Fiji
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0531-FIJ: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program, Tranche 1
Green Climate Fund US$ 31.04 million
Loan 3512-FIJ: Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Program, Tranche 1
Ordinary capital resources US$ 42.11 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The impact of the proposed investment program will ensure future growth in the greater Suva area (GSA) is sustainable and will improve public health. The outcome will be improved access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in the GSA. The investment program has three outputs:

Output 1: Supply and access to safe water in the GSA improved. The investment will expand water supply by 40,000 m3 per day by constructing a new supply intake on the Rewa river with associated water treatment plant, pumping station, reservoir, and transmission main to connect to the existing system. Reliable and sustainable long term operations and maintenance practices will be enhanced through a DBO contracting arrangement. A catchment management plan will be developed to safeguard the water source and ensure long term sustainability. NRW reduction will be achieved by improving leak detection and repairs; replacing meters; and establishing district metering areas and pressure management systems. WAF will supply 200 liters per capital per day to 315,947 persons by 2023, ensuring continuous supply to 98% of the GSA population. The climate change component of Output 1 will include adaptation measures for building the new Rewa river scheme specifically moving the facility from 29 km to 49 km from the river mouth to avoid future climate change impacts embodied in projected rising sea levels and potential migration of the salt water wedge up the river.

Output 2: Wastewater treatment and management capacity in the GSA increased. The wastewater network will be rehabilitated and expanded by: (i) upgrading 31 existing wastewater pumping stations; (ii) upgrading about 18 km of wastewater trunk mains to increase carrying capacity; (iii) relining 13 km of wastewater trunk mains; and (iv) extending the wastewater network to service an additional 15% of households (approximately 4,500 existing lots in backlog areas) currently using on site septic tanks. Additionally, the WWT capacity at Kinoya will be expanded by 164% to cover approximately 277,000 person equivalent to treat wastewater from current and future households. By improving the network and expanding the WWT capacity, WAF will ensure that 60% of households in GSA will have access to a reticulated sewage collection system by 2023. The remaining households with individual septic units will be catered by a fecal sludge management system.

Output 3: WAF management and sustainable service delivery capacity improved. Program management and capacity development support will be provided to: (i) support WAF in the implementation of water demand management, NRW reduction and the national liquid trade waste management programs; (ii) support the Department of Environment (DOE) developing the environmental regulatory framework for treated municipal wastewater discharge, sludge treatment and disposal practices and standards, and associated monitoring and enforcement; (iii) complete the corporatization of WAF; (iv) formulate water safety plans to protect the quantity and quality of water at all source intakes; (v) improve financial management; (vi) promote gender equity; and (vii) study alternatives to reduce the long term energy consumption of the existing urban WWT system.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Fiji has a population of approximately 868,000, of which 53% is urban. By 2030, it is estimated that two in three Fijians will be living in the country s urban centres. While poverty rates in Fiji are highest in rural areas, the rapid growth of peri-urban squatter settlements implies that the majority of poor people in Fiji now live in and around urban areas. Fiji s urban sector accounts for 60% of the country s gross domestic product, with the share of the GSA estimated at 40%. The GSA, which consists of Suva City the national capital as well as the towns of Lami, Nasinu, and Nausori and their surrounding peri-urban areas, accounts for 57% of Fiji s urban population. By 2023, the population of the GSA is expected to grow by 12.8%.

Despite the economic importance of the country s cities and towns, investment in urban water supply and sewerage services has not kept pace with the demands of rapid urban growth. In the GSA, WAF s treated water production capacity is insufficient to meet customer demands and there is strong dependence on a single river source that is increasingly vulnerable to drought. To assimilate the forecast population growth, a significant increase in water supply production capacity is required in combination with measures to curb relatively high customer demands and reduce system leakages. Diversification of raw water sources and catchment protection are strategies to improve water security and mitigate the impacts of future climate change. Currently, 36% of urban households are connected to the sewerage system. The Kinoya wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is under capacity and under-performs in terms of environmental compliance. In the unsewered areas, 60% of households in the GSA currently use on site sanitation systems (e.g. septic tanks). Due to prevailing shallow soil depths, high rainfall and lack of routine maintenance, overflows from septic tanks are a common occurrence which contributes to pollution to receiving waters and public health risks. The current extent of sewerage services coverage and limited wastewater treatment capacity are major constraints to further growth and urban development. The investments to be financed by the program are aligned to the National Development Plan 2016-2033 (medium-term water supply and sanitation sector development plan 2016-2021), WAF GSA Water and Wastewater Master Plan 2013-2033 and the WAF 2016 corporate plan (draft).

Fiji 's National Development Plan 2016-2033 is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, and has prioritized the improvement of water and sanitation services in Fiji 's as a core pillar for inclusive economic development and growth. The government s strategy is to ensure the provision of safe drinking water and basic sanitation to every household in Fiji. In addition the National Development Plan acknowledges increased population growth, water consumption and climate change impacts as an impediment to efforts to achieving sustainable development.

Impact Government's objective to improve access to a safe piped water supply system and an environmentally friendly sewerage system.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services
Progress Toward Outcome The legal and project agreements have recently been declared effective, and consulting services recruitment has been initiated for CS01B (program implementation support services) and CS02B (supervision). Contracts are forecast for the consulting services as well as the key Rewa River Water Supply Scheme contracts to be awarded by Q4 2018.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved access to reliable and safe water supply in the GSA

Wastewater treatment and management capacity in the GSA increased

WAF management and sustainable service delivery capacity improved

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

1. Contracts are not yet in place, and subject to them being awarded implementation is expected to commence in early 2019.

2. Tender documents are under preparation and are expected to form part of Tranche 2.

3. Consultancy contracts for capacity and program implementation is expected to be awarded by Q4 2018.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Tranche 1 - Rewa River Water Supply Scheme IEE was approved subject to conditions by the Ministry of Environment on 13 June 2017 and amended on 2 August 2017. The outline CEMP was prepared by WAF in July 2017. The EA/IA are complying with the legal covenants and no actions are required to maintain compliance.
Involuntary Resettlement The Resettlement Plan (RP) is undergoing review. The EA/IA are complying with the legal covenants, however RP approval is required before awarding civil works contracts.
Indigenous Peoples Not applicable at this period. The EA/IA are complying with the legal covenants and no actions are required to maintain compliance.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The preparation of the project due diligence under went public consultations and focused community group discussions. A public awareness campaign and community participation plan has been prepared.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder discussions have been limited to affected parties at the Viria site, regulatory authorities and procurement workshops with relevant government stakeholders.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants

(2013, as amended from time to time). The terms of reference for consulting services are

detailed in Appendix 1 of the Procurement Plan. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality and cost based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality: cost ratio of 80:20: Detailed Engineering

Design Consultants with 149 person-months, Construction Supervision Consultants with 780

person-months.

Procurement

The Investment Program will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended

time to time) and tranche 1 loan includes: (i) four international competitive bids (ICBs) for water

supply intake works in Rewa; (iii) one ICB procurement of water supply equipment; and (iii)

recruitment of consulting services for the IPMU consultants Part B (Detailed Engineering

Consultants, Construction Supervision Consultants, and Institutional effectiveness). An 18

month procurement plan indicating threshold and review procedures, goods, works, and

consulting service contract packages and national competitive bidding guidelines is in Section

C. Universal procurement will apply pursuant to an ADB Board blanket waiver of member

country procurement eligibility restrictions where ordinary capital resources and a cofinancier's

resources are used to jointly finance individual procurement package.

Responsible ADB Officer Katich, Kristina N.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy
Level 5x Ro Lalabalavu House
370 Victoria Parade
Suva, Fiji
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 20 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2018

Grant 0531-FIJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Dec 2016 16 Oct 2017 12 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2026 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 111.74 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 20 Dec 2016 0.00 25.16 81%
Counterpart 80.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 31.04 20 Dec 2016 0.00 8.23 27%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 3512-FIJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Dec 2016 16 Oct 2017 12 Jan 2018 31 Jan 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 42.11 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 42.11 20 Dec 2016 25.50 0.00 61%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Dec 2016 9.75 0.00 23%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 6004-FIJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Dec 2015 22 Dec 2015 22 Dec 2015 15 Feb 2017 12 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 09 Dec 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 6.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Dec 2015 0.00 0.00 0%

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
ICB 1.1.1 REWA RIVER WATER SUPPLY SCHEME, DBO CONT RACT Loan 3512 30 Apr 2019 SINOHYDRO-HDEC JOINT VENTURE HAIDIAN DISTRICT BEIJING 100036, PR CHINA CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Economy CONSTRUCTION 85,697,136.48 12,834,405.25
ICB 1.1.2 REWA RIVER WATER SUPPLY SCHEME GRAVITY MAIN Loan 3512 26 Apr 2019 SINOHYDRO-HDEC JOINT VENTURE HAIDIAN DISTRICT BEIJING 100036, PR CHINA CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Economy CONSTRUCTION 40,364,141.88 6,026,050.25
ICB 1.1.1 REWA RIVER WATER SUPPLY SCHEME DBO CONTRACT Grant 0531 11 Apr 2019 SINOHYDRO-HDEC JOINT VENTURE HAIDIAN DISTRICT BEIJING 100036 PR CHINA CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Economy 20,535,048.39
ICB 1.1.2 REWA RIVER WATER SUPPLY SCHEME GRAVITY MAIN Grant 0531 11 Apr 2019 SINOHYDRO-HDEC JOINT VENTURE HAIDIAN DISTRICT BEIJING 100036 PR CHINA CHINA PEOPLE'SREP.OF Ministry of Economy 9,641,680.39
CS01B PACKAGE 1 (PART B) INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT UNIT INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT Loan 3512 01 Mar 2019 SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Ministry of Economy CONSULTANCY 5,557,169.00 5,557,169.00
CS02B PACKAGE 2 (PART B) CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION OF REWA RIVER SUPPLY SCHEME Loan 3512 01 Mar 2019 SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Ministry of Economy CONSULTANCY 3,396,122.86 3,396,122.86
SURVEY, INVESTIGATION, DETAILED & TENDERING OF WASTEWATER SYSTEM UPGRADE & EXTENSION Loan 3512 09 Mar 2018 EGIS EAU 34965 MONTPELLIER CEDEX 2 FRANCE FRANCE Ministry of Economy Consulting Services 3,013,510.00 1,024,593.00
PDA: PACKAGE 1 (PART A), PROJECT PREPARATORY WORK AND CAPACITY BUILDING Loan 3512 09 Mar 2018 GHD PTY LTD CANBERRA, ACT, 2601 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Economy Consulting Services 2,093,297.00 711,721.00
PDA: PART(A)), DESIGN, DOCUMENTATION & TENDERING OF REWA RIVER WATER SUPPLY SCHEME & KINOYA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT UPGRADE Loan 3512 09 Mar 2018 STANTEC (FORMER MWH)NZ LTD & SMEC INT'L PTY C/-LEVEL 2, KADAVU HOUSE, 414 VICTORIA PDE, GPO BOX 119, SUVA NEW ZEALAND Ministry of Economy Consulting Services 1,795,539.00 610,483.00