Marshall Islands: Majuro Power Network Strengthening
This TA will support the government''s policy objective of increasing the share of renewable generation serving RMI's electricity demand, and is consistent with the ADB's Interim Pacific Approach, 2015. The preparation of investments in Majuro's network to allow increased renewable generation will allow RMI to program financing, including from ADB, to implement investments in clean energy.
Trainor, James Michael
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- Technical Assistance
|Project Name||Majuro Power Network Strengthening|
|Country / Economy||Marshall Islands
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||This TA will support the government''s policy objective of increasing the share of renewable generation serving RMI's electricity demand, and is consistent with the ADB's Interim Pacific Approach, 2015. The preparation of investments in Majuro's network to allow increased renewable generation will allow RMI to program financing, including from ADB, to implement investments in clean energy.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) adopted its "National Energy Policy and Energy Action Plan" in September 2009. This policy document establishes a renewable energy generation target of 20% for electric power by 2020. In 2015, electricity is generated in RMI almost entirely by diesel despite the country''s significant renewable generation potential. Peak demand on Majuro (RMI''s most populous and economically active atoll with over 50% of its population) is approximately 7.5 megawatt (MW), and is supplied by diesel generation located at a central power station supplying three feeders at 13.8 kilovolt (kV). A 209 kilowatt-peak (kWp) grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system is installed at the Majuro hospital, along with a 51 kWp PV system at the College of the Marshall Islands. The Abu-Dhabi Fund for Development is currently implementing a 600 kWp PV investment at the Majuro airport.
MEC's distribution network is aged (over 30 years old), in need of significant reinvestment and modernization, and crucially was not designed to accommodate significant distributed generation from intermittent renewable resources (i.e. solar or wind). MEC''s fleet of diesel generators and control system were designed to serve this network, and similarly incapable of accommodating high levels of intermittent renewable energy penetration. Preliminary findings of an analysis conducted by JICA under its hybrid islands program reveal that the current system can accommodate no more than approximately 11% penetration - far short of the national energy policy''s 20% target. With the completion of the Abu-Dhabi Fund for Development PV project at the Majuro airport, Majuro's network's absorptive capacity for PV generation is effectively exhausted.
|Impact||The impact will be an increased share of renewable power generation, improved service reliability, reduced reliance on imported fossil fuels, and a reduction in cost of electricity generation.|
|Description of Outcome||MEC Investment plan to support renewable energy prepared.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
Entura was contracted under the TA to produce a single investment project to support RMI's target of 20% renewable energy contribution by 2020. During the execution of the TA, the opportunity became apparent to process a focused investment project early as a precursor to future investments.
TA Final report has been submitted.
|Description of Project Outputs||
Comprehensive inventory of existing system assets and documentation on their condition and performance characteristics completed.
Modeling of existing system''s capacity for distributed intermittent renewable generation prepared.
Sequenced capital investments to allow increased renewable generation and reduce network losses identified.
Full technical (including ex-post modelling), economic, and financial feasibility study for investments proposed for immediate implementation
Training of MEC and Ministry of Resource and Development Staff undertaken.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The TA is closing on 30 November 2018, as scheduled. Final claim of consulting firm has been paid and certificate of full payment was submitted on 12 September 2018. The closing of contract and TA accounts is underway.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Seven international consultants will be employed on an intermittent basis (22 person-months over the period of 12 months) on a firm basis, as needed. International consultants will be selected through the quality and cost-based selection (QCBS) method, based on a simplified technical proposal with a quality-to-cost ratio of 90:10. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). ADB will also follow the specific Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility (CEFPF) Implementation Guidelines.|
|Procurement||No procurement package under the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Trainor, James Michael|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||19 Jul 2016|
|Approval||09 Nov 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|09 Nov 2016||09 Dec 2016||09 Dec 2016||30 Nov 2017||30 Nov 2018||03 Oct 2018|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||690,000.00||10,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||700,000.00||17 Jun 2022||552,316.33|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Majuro Power Network Strengthening: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Jul 2019|
|Majuro Power Network Strengthening: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2016|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9225||09 Dec 2016||Entura (Australia) | 89 CAMBRIDGE PARK DRIVE CAMBRIDGE, TASMANIA 7170 AUSTRALIA||Asian Development Bank||644,526.00||—|
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