Georgia: Preparing the Batumi-Sarpi Bypass Project

Sovereign Project | 50388-002

The proposed transaction technical assistance (TRTA) will help the government of Georgia (the government) prepare the proposed ensuing project. The TRTA will ensure that the project will be prepared to acceptable technical, safeguards, and procurement standards. The ensuing project is expected to meet the _high readiness_ criteria before Board consideration. The government has prepared, with ADB assistance, a full feasibility study and design for the project.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Herz, Thomas
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Georgia
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Preparing the Batumi-Sarpi Bypass Project
Project Number 50388-002
Country / Economy Georgia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9814-GEO: Preparing the Batumi-Sarpi Bypass Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed transaction technical assistance (TRTA) will help the government of Georgia (the government) prepare the proposed ensuing project. The TRTA will ensure that the project will be prepared to acceptable technical, safeguards, and procurement standards. The ensuing project is expected to meet the _high readiness_ criteria before Board consideration. The government has prepared, with ADB assistance, a full feasibility study and design for the project.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The government of Georgia (the government) is investing substantial amounts in the infrastructure needed to take advantage of its location, with emphasis on the country's backbone for transit trade comprised of the East -West and North- South transport corridors. At the end of April 2019, more than 45% of the East- West Highway was completed: about 190 kilometers (km) upgraded and 140 km under construction or with a contractor about to be mobilized. Assistance is being provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Investment Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the World Bank.

The ensuing project will (i) construct approximately 12 km of two-lane highway between the terminus of Batumi bypass and the border crossing point at Sarpi (the project road), plus reorganize the arrival area at the international border at Sarpi to improve traffic flow and road safety, and (ii) prepare the scope and specifications for a public- private partnership or concession agreement for a combined highway rest area and logistics facility at the northern terminus of the project road. The project road will provide opportunities for tourism development in the Adjara Black Sea region by reducing travel time along the Black Sea coast and reducing congestion/road safety problems at the busiest border crossing point (Sarpi). It is aligned with the following impact: improvement of regional connectivity in Georgia so that it can play the role of regional transport and logistics hub. The project will have the following outcome: efficiency of road transport along the East-West Highway in Georgia improved. It is consistent with the strategic objectives of ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (2019-2023), and is included in the Country Operations Business Plan for Georgia, 2019- 2021.

The ensuing project is very challenging from an engineering and construction perspective. It will include a long tunnel (about 5 km long) and several bridges or viaducts. Preparation of the rest area/logistics facility is also additional since the feasibility and design consultants commenced. Several technical areas will require finalization once the design consultants have concluded their assignment. Given the project's complexity and safeguards impacts, resources will be required to (i) improve and finalize the safeguard documents that are being prepared by the feasibility and design consultants, (ii) assist with strategic procurement planning/ensuring procurement of the project's civil works and consulting services are carried out efficiently and effectively, (iii) prepare a climate risk assessment and management report, and (iv) assess possible private sector options for the highway rest area/logistics facility. In addition, the proposed TRTA will help enhance communication and engagement with project beneficiaries and affected people through tailored communication activities and media.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project staff instructions. The TA will require approximately 13 person-months of international consultants and 2 person-months of national inputs.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB''s Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Herz, Thomas
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
Georgia
Road Department - Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure
12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
Georgia
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 27 Sep 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 07 Oct 2019

TA 9814-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2019 29 Oct 2019 29 Oct 2019 30 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 17 Jun 2022 86,474.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Public-Private Partnership Specialist (Highway and Logistics Facilities) Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2020 11 Feb 2020
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jan 2020 21 Feb 2020
Tunnel Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2020
Transport Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2020
Road Transport Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Nov 2019 14 Nov 2019

Contracts Awarded

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