51115-001: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project | Asian Development Bank

Timor-Leste: Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51115-001 Status: Approved

Project Details

Project Officer
Ishenaliev, Rustam I. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Timor-Leste
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
  • Transport
Project Name Baucau to Viqueque Highway Project
Project Number 51115-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Approved
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 / Asian Development Fund 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
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased and more efficient movement of people and goods
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome More reliable and safer road network
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Improved and safe Baucau to Viqueque Road

Sustainable maintenance arrangements for improved Baucau to Viqueque Road

Improved maintenance planning and asset management

Draft legislation to establish Land Transport Authority

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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
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 Ishenaliev, Rustam I.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
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, Transport and Communications (formerly Ministry of Public Works)
Mercado Lama, Caicoli
Dili, Timor-Leste
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 21 Feb 2018

Loan 3643-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 - - 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 21 Feb 2018 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 33.78 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Feb 2018 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3644-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 - - 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 21 Feb 2018 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Feb 2018 0.00 0.00 0%

TA 9502-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2018 - - 31 Dec 2020 - -
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 21 Feb 2018 0.00

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan