51052-001: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project | Asian Development Bank

Uzbekistan: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51052-001 Status: Active

The project aims to improve the efficiency of Uzbekistan's railway operations, combining investments where it faces operational bottlenecks (e.g. electric locomotives), and strategic support to improve business practices.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sakamoto, Ko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Railway Efficiency Improvement Project
Project Number 51052-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9351-UZB: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project aims to improve the efficiency of Uzbekistan's railway operations, combining investments where it faces operational bottlenecks (e.g. electric locomotives), and strategic support to improve business practices.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Surrounded by Afghanistan to the south, Kazakhstan to the north and northwest, the Kyrgyz Republic to the northeast, Turkmenistan to the southwest, and Tajikistan to the southeast, Uzbekistan serves three of six Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridors. With 31 million people, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia. Being a double landlocked country requiring crossing at least two countries to reach seaports, transport plays an important role in sustaining its socioeconomic development.

Rail transport has a unique competitive advantage over road transport for moving commodities and goods in bulk over long distances. The 4,669 km Uzbekistan rail network carries about 60 million tons of freight and 15 million passengers annually. Since 2004, Uzbekistan's gross domestic product has grown by more than 7% per year. This has contributed to strong demand for rail transport. Improvements in relationships between Uzbekistan and its immediate neighbors will further add to such demand.

Uzbekistan has continued to modernize its railway infrastructure. Since its founding in 1994, O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY), the vertically integrated public railway company, has gradually implemented a holistic railway modernization program, including the completion of a unified rail network, electrification and modernization of existing lines, and improvement of rolling stock. The government accorded particular importance to electrification, with 2,446 km or 52% of the network now electrified.

Despite these efforts, the railways still face long transport times, inadequate service quality, and high operating costs, because of aged or inadequate infrastructure, operational inefficiencies, competition from road transport, and an insufficient number of locomotives. This results in lost economic opportunities, suboptimal regional trade, and negative environmental impacts.

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 Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The state-owned railway company Ozbekiston Temir Yollari (UTY) will be the main stakeholder as the executing agency. The State Committee on Investments, The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, National Agency for Project Management, Ministry of Foreign Trade, State Committee of Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadastre and other authorities of the Government of Uzbekistan will support the design and implementation of the project. Local khokimiyats/authorities, and the local population living in the areas to be affected by the electrified trains have been consulted through meetings and briefings, during the project design. Consultations with local communities have included (i) opportunities to maximize the impact of new electric train services, (ii) railway safety, and (iii) temporary and permanent employment opportunities that may benefit communities through the project
During Project Implementation Consultations with aforementioned stakeholders will continue during the project implementation, especially to maximize opportunities to improve the impact of new electric train services.
Responsible ADB Officer Sakamoto, Ko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari
7 Taras Shevochenko St.
Tashkent 70060
Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 07 Aug 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Mar 2018

TA 9351-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Aug 2017 29 Aug 2017 29 Aug 2017 31 Jul 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 07 Aug 2017 98,738.83

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Railway Institutional Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017
International Railway Engineer (locomotives) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017
International Procurement and Contract Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017
International Financial Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017
National Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017
International Transport Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2017 08 Sep 2017
National Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2017 06 Sep 2017
National Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2017 06 Sep 2017
International Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2017 06 Sep 2017
International Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2017 06 Sep 2017
National Railway Engineer (Locomotives) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Aug 2017 29 Aug 2017

Contracts Awarded

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