Timor-Leste: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project

Sovereign Project | 51115-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Fukayama, Takeshi
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Timor-Leste
  • Modality
    • Loan
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project
Project Number 51115-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3643-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Road Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 19.00 million
Loan 3644-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Road Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 25.00 million
TA 9502-TIM: Promoting Sustainable Land Transport Infrastructure
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased and more efficient movement of people and goods
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Road transport connectivity improved and travel time reduced along the crucial north-south land transport link from Dili to Viqueque
Progress Toward Outcome Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved and safe Baucau to Viqueque highway

Institutional strengthening and capacity building

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021 (Latest update provided by MPW/PMU in September 2021). Slow progress of civil works and construction delay is due to lack of proper project management by MPW due to weak capacity of PMU. MPW to expedite recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts.

Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021 (Latest update provided by MPW/PMU in September 2021). Slow progress of civil works and construction delay is due to lack of proper project management by MPW due to weak capacity of PMU. MPW to expedite recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts.

Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021 (Latest update provided by MPW/PMU in September 2021). Slow progress of civil works and construction delay is due to lack of proper project management by MPW due to weak capacity of PMU. MPW to expedite recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts.

Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021 (Latest update provided by MPW/PMU in September 2021). Slow progress of civil works and construction delay is due to lack of proper project management by MPW due to weak capacity of PMU. MPW to expedite recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts.

Civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete as of 25 August 2021 (Latest update provided by MPW/PMU in September 2021). Slow progress of civil works and construction delay is due to lack of proper project management by MPW due to weak capacity of PMU. MPW to expedite recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts.

ADB has recommended to the government to extend Loan 3643/3644 closing date until 31 Dec 2025 to cover 12 months DNP and 24 months PBM.

ADB has recommended to the government to extend Loan 3643/3644 closing date until 31 Dec 2025 to cover 12 months DNP and 24 months PBM.

Geographical Location Baucau, Viqueque
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

Following the process and procedures already established by the PMU, the environmental assessment is reported in the simplified environmental impact statement (SEIS), which is equivalent to an initial environmental examination, including the inclusion of an environmental management plan (EMP). The SEIS has been reviewed by ADB to ensure that in addition to meeting the country safeguard system for environment, it complies with the requirements of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. Environmental impacts will be similar in scale to those of completed and ongoing national road projects. The main impacts will be during the construction stage and will include (i) vegetation and tree removal, and utilities relocation during site clearing and establishment works; (ii) dust, noise, runoff, sedimentation, and slope stability issues from earthworks, including excavations; and (iii) waste generation/management, spoil disposal, health and safety, and traffic management issues during construction activities. The road alignment traverses close to three protected areas. The potential impacts will largely be site-specific and readily mitigated through measures identified in the EMP. Few, if any, of the impacts will be irreversible. As reported in the SEIS, meaningful consultation was undertaken. The grievance redress mechanism established for ongoing projects is included in the SEIS, and will be implemented under the project. The draft SEIS has been disclosed on the ADB website and will be updated. Upon completion, it will be disclosed locally.

The process of minerals license application will require preparation of a location application, mining plan, and site-specific EMP for each new materials source. Training and support will be provided by construction supervision consultants to the successful contractor to prepare and implement the construction EMP, submit the minerals license applications, and monitor construction EMP compliance. Capacity building of DRBFC environmental safeguards staff will be provided through mentoring and on-the-job training by the PMU and construction supervision consultants, as detailed in the PAM. Particular conditions of contract in the bidding documents include provisions for the employer to enforce environment safeguards compliance by the contractor.

Involuntary Resettlement A resettlement plan was prepared for the Baucau Venilale and Venilale Viqueque road sections based on the detailed design completed in 2015. These resettlement plans will be updated to validate all impacts. The improvement of roads is expected to be mostly within the existing road corridor, but will require small areas of agricultural land; removal of crops and trees; and permanent and temporary impacts on residential houses, shops, and roadside stalls and kiosks. There are an estimated 82 affected households or 402 affected persons, but only 34 households or 146 persons will experience significant impacts from physical and/or economic displacement. The MPWTC will ensure that affected persons receive entitlements and compensation following the resettlement plan. Key stakeholders and affected persons have been consulted during the resettlement plan preparation and disclosure, and will be further consulted during the resettlement plan update and implementation. The PMU will be responsible for overall monitoring and supervision of safeguards activities, working closely with the PISC. The capacity building of the DRBFC safeguard staff by the PMU is ongoing with ADB's financing through other road projects.
Indigenous Peoples The project will not trigger ADB's Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998) since no distinct or vulnerable indigenous groups will be affected by the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project has been designed in consultation with the government, including the Ministry of Finance, Loan and PPP Unit, and Development Partner Monitoring Unit and Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Project Management Unit, and Maintenance Division. Development partners and non-government organizations active in the transport sector were also consulted. Landowners have also been consulted, especially those requiring resettlement or who have assets affected by the project. Meetings with sucos were arranged to help develop the gender action plan and poverty assessments. Separate meetings with men and women were held. Road users including drivers, and users of anggunas and microlets were also consulted.
During Project Implementation

Loan Agreements for the project signed on 23 November 2018. Loans were declared effective on 19 February 2019.

As of August 2021, civil works for Baucau to Venilale is 30.09% complete, and Venilale to Viqueque is 26.04% complete.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An estimated 930 person-months (330 international, 600 national) of consulting services are required to (i) facilitate project management, (ii) provide construction supervision services, and (iii) implement and monitor environmental and social mitigation measures. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality:cost ratio of 90:10 and quality based selection where appropriate. Individual consultants will be recruited using Individual Consultant Selection (ICS).
Procurement See Procurement plan of this project.
Responsible ADB Officer Fukayama, Takeshi
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (also Conselho Administrativo do Fundo Infraestrutura)
Palacio do Governo,Ministry of Finance
Edificio 5, 1 Andar Dili, Timor-Leste
Ministry of Public Works
[email protected]
Mercado Lama, Caicoli
Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 May 2017
Fact Finding 18 May 2017 to 01 Jun 2017
MRM 28 Jul 2017
Approval 21 Feb 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Sep 2021

Loan 3643-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 23 Nov 2018 19 Feb 2019 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 52.78 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 19.00 18 Nov 2021 12.09 0.00 64%
Counterpart 33.78 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Nov 2021 3.06 0.00 16%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 3644-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 23 Nov 2018 19 Feb 2019 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 25.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 18 Nov 2021 15.56 0.00 62%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Nov 2021 4.33 0.00 17%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 9502-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 09 Oct 2018 09 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2021 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 18 Nov 2021 778,881.84
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2021
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2021
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2021
Road Network Upgrading Project / Road Network Upgrading Sector Project / Dili to Baucau Highway Project / Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-December 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2021
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports May 2021
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2020
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Venilale-Viqueque Road Section Updated Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2019
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Baucau-Venilale Road Section Updated Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2019
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Baucau-Venilale and Venilale-Viqueque Sections Resettlement Plans (As of Board Approval) Resettlement Plans Jan 2018
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Road Link A06-02 Venilale-Viqueque Section Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2017
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Road Link A06-01 Baucau-Venilale Section Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2017

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Architect Individual - Consulting Active 04 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021
Transport Planner Individual - Consulting Active 04 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021
Transport Sector Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Sep 2019 24 Sep 2019
Transport Institutional Policy and Organizational Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Feb 2019 06 Mar 2019
Team Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Jun 2018 08 Jul 2018
51115-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project [ICB/046/MOPTC-2017 CW1-2] Invitation for Bids Closed 30 Jan 2018 26 Mar 2018
Project Implementation and Construction Supervision Services Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Sep 2017 13 Oct 2017
51115-TIM: Upgrading and Maintenance of the Baucau – Viqueque Highway Project & Consultant Services for Project Implementation and Construction Supervision Advance Notice Active 30 Aug 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION FOR BVHP LOTS1&2 Loan 3643 16 May 2019 INTERCONTINENTAL CONSULTANTS AND TECHNOCRATS | A-8 GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI 110016 INDIA Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 4,585,850.00 1,637,596.32
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION FOR BVHP LOTS1&2 Loan 3644 16 May 2019 INTERCONTINENTAL CONSULTANTS AND TECHNOCRATS | A-8 GREEN PARK, NEW DELHI 110016 INDIA Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 4,585,820.00 2,948,223.67
UPGRADING AND MAINTENANCE OF THE BAUCAU VIQUEQUE HIGHWAY PROJECT LOT 2: VENILALE - VIQUEQUE Loan 3643 29 Mar 2019 CHINA RAILWAY INT GROUP CO LTD JV CHINA OVERS | BEIJING, HAIDAN FUXING ROAD 69 CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 23,853,175.70 10,457,232.23
UPGRADING AND MAINTENANCE OF THE BAUCAU VIQUEQUE HIGHWAY PROJECT LOT 1: BAUCAU - VENILALE Loan 3644 29 Mar 2019 CHINA RAILWAY INT GRP CO LTD JV CHINA OVERS | BEIJING, HAIDAN FUXING ROAD 69 CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 16,024,500.97 12,611,282.26
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 9502 23 Oct 2018 SMEC International Pty. Ltd., AUS(AUSTRALIA) | Level 10, 71 Queens Road Melbourne, VIC alia Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 655,360.00

Procurement Plan