Marshall Islands : Energy Security Project (additional financing)

Sovereign Project | 49450-026

The grant to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the additional financing of the Energy Security Project will enhance the objective of increased energy security. It will be financed under the facility and supports the implementation of the management action plan to improve the performance of the MEC. Further, it will increase the resilience of MEC's energy business and support the initial steps of the national roadmap to reduce electricity sector emissions by 65% by 2030.

Project Details

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Project Name
Energy Security Project (additional financing)
Project Number
49450-026
Country / Economy
  • Marshall Islands
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0817-RMI: Energy Security Project (additional financing)
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 7.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Energy utility services

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The grant to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the additional financing of the Energy Security Project will enhance the objective of increased energy security. It will be financed under the facility and supports the implementation of the management action plan to improve the performance of the MEC. Further, it will increase the resilience of MEC's energy business and support the initial steps of the national roadmap to reduce electricity sector emissions by 65% by 2030.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Marshall Islands depends heavily on external assistance, with an average 60% of gross domestic product being provided through annual grants. Most grants are provided through the Compact of Free Association (COFA), with the United States and have a built-in annual step down, which may be extended beyond the expected closing of 2023. Unemployment is high and human development indicators are generally low; income distribution is quite uneven and there is considerable poverty in the outer atolls. Economic growth over fiscal year (FY) 2015 to FY2020 was supported by strong fisheries output and the resumption of infrastructure projects connected with the COFA. The Marshall Islands has been impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly in the fisheries and transport.

Impact

The overall project is aligned with the following impacts: (i) energy security for the Marshall Islands improved; and (ii) safety, environmental, and disaster risks associated with handling and storage of refined petroleum products and electricity reduced.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Safe, reliable operation of the Majuro fuel tank farm sustained and delivery of electricity in Majuro improved.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Majuro tank farm rehabilitated.

Majuro tank farm O&M program instituted.

MEC corporate capacity enhanced.

Disaster resilience of the energy sector improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
C
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
George, Len V.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Energy Sector Office (SG-ENE)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
26 Jul 2020 to 26 Aug 2020
MRM
08 Nov 2021
Approval
14 Dec 2021
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
14 Jan 2022

Funding

Grant 0817-RMI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 07 Feb 2022 30 Jun 2026 30 Jun 2027 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 7.70
ADB 7.00
Counterpart 0.70
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 06 Jun 2024 3.72 0.00 53%
Cumulative Disbursements 06 Jun 2024 1.30 0.00 19%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Project Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Compliance and Revenue Protection Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Supplemental Management Operations for Marshalls Energy Company Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Supplemental Management Operations for MEC (CS6) Grant 0817 03 Apr 2023 TETRA TECH ES INC | 1320 North Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services 3,299,739.00
PIC - Contract Administration and Claims Consultant (individual) Grant 0817 22 Aug 2022 Turquoise Projects Pty Ltd (Jeremy Farrington) | 196-202 Wyndham Street, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services 389,320.00

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Energy Security Project (Additional Financing): Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Nov 2021