51052-002: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project | Asian Development Bank

Uzbekistan: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51052-002 Status: Proposed

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
  • Uzbekistan
  • Loan
  • Transport
Project Name Railway Efficiency Improvement Project
Project Number 51052-002
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 170.00 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 Effective gender mainstreaming
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 Implementation of targeted programs to build affordable housing, development and modernization of road transport, engineering, communications, and social infrastructure achieved
Outcome Travel costs and environmental impacts reduced for passenger and freight transport throughout Uzbekistan''s railway network

Electric locomotives commissioned

Locomotive depots upgraded

Updated business plan implemented

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is likely to contribute to environmental sustainability by promoting the energy efficiency of railways, and thereby reducing greenhouse gases.
Involuntary Resettlement No land acquisition or resettlement is envisaged.
Indigenous Peoples The country in general, and the project area in particular, does not have indigenous peoples' communities as defined in ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement for operational purposes.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project will be designed in close consultation with O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) and all its relevant departments and divisions. Consultations will extend to government agencies at the national, regional and local levels. End users of the railway system (for both freight and passenger services) will be consulted.
During Project Implementation Such consultations will continue throughout project implementation. This will be particularly important for elements of the project that touch upon UTY's business process improvements. Such consultations will aim to identify any negative implications of changes in business processes, and be a basis to develop mitigation actions.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 23 Aug 2017
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
Concept Clearance 07 Aug 2017
Fact Finding 04 Dec 2017 to 08 Dec 2017
MRM 28 Mar 2018
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2017

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Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Efficiency Improvement Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2017

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
UZB: Railway Efficiency Improvement Project Advance Notice Active 08 Nov 2017

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