Timor-Leste : Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project

Sovereign Project | 51115-001

Project Name
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project
Project Number
51115-001
Country / Economy
  • 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
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 19.00 million
Loan 3644-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Road Project
Source Amount
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 25.00 million
TA 9502-TIM: Promoting Sustainable Land Transport Infrastructure
Source Amount
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
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
According to the latest progress report from MPW/PMU, at the end of 2021 the civil works for Lot 1: Baucau to Venilale was 44.88% complete, and Lot 2: Venilale to Viqueque was 35.82% complete.

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.

MPW had expedited recruitment of staff to fill the vacant PMU posts to strengthen its capacity.

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 BaucauVenilale and VenilaleViqueque 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.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Nanayakkara, Aruna Uddeeptha
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund
Ministry of Public Works

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
13 Jul 2022

Funding

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 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 52.78
ADB 19.00
Counterpart 33.78
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 19 Jul 2024 12.24 0.00 64%
Cumulative Disbursements 19 Jul 2024 7.83 0.00 41%
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 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 25.00
ADB 25.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 19 Jul 2024 15.82 0.00 63%
Cumulative Disbursements 19 Jul 2024 12.82 0.00 51%
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 2022 16 Feb 2023
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
19 Jul 2024 927,120.05
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2022) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (February 2019-December 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2022
Amendments to the Financing Agreements for Loan 3643/3644-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Dec 2021
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Technical Assistance Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Feb 2021
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations [Concessional]) for Loan 3644-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2018
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3643-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2018
Projetu Autu estrada Baucau ba Viqueque : Folha de Dadus Projetu Translated PDS Feb 2018
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Project Administration Manual (As of Board Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual Jan 2018
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Jan 2018
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Jan 2018
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2018

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: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2024
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: 1.5 KM of Ossu Section Second Supplementary Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jan 2024
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Eccentric Widening in Ossu and Extension of Lined Ditches Supplemental Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2023) Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Supplementary Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jul 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Supplemental Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2022) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2023
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2022
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2022
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2022
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2022
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
Dili to Baucau Highway Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2020
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
Detailed engineering design of Lospalos-Iliomar-Viqueque-Natarbora sections Firm - Consulting Closed
Architect Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Planner Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Sector Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Institutional Policy and Organizational Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Team Firm - Consulting Closed
51115-TIM: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project [ICB/046/MOPTC-2017 CW1-2] Invitation for Bids Closed
Project Implementation and Construction Supervision Services Firm - Consulting Closed
51115-TIM: Upgrading and Maintenance of the Baucau – Viqueque Highway Project & Consultant Services for Project Implementation and Construction Supervision Advance Notice Active

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
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
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
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

Title Document Type Document Date
Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2023