Turkmenistan: Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat–Mary–Ashgabat–Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects

Sovereign Project | 51360-002

The Government of Turkmenistan (the government) and the Ministry of Railway Transport (MRT) have requested assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a program to modernize railways in Turkmenistan, between Turkmenabat, Mary, Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi. The program is expected to be undertaken in three phases, namely (i) Turkmenabat-Mary, (ii) Mary-Ashgabat, and (iii) Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi. It is intended for ADB to process Phase 1 as a standalone project, with Phases 2 and 3 financed through additional financing, subject to sound progress on Phase 1. Aligned with these three proposed phases, this transaction TA facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to these ensuing projects , comprising;

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary) Railway Modernization Project;

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Georget, Johan
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Turkmenistan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat–Mary–Ashgabat–Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects
Project Number 51360-002
Country / Economy Turkmenistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9524-TKM: Preparing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat Mary Ashgabat Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Projects
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Government of Turkmenistan (the government) and the Ministry of Railway Transport (MRT) have requested assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a program to modernize railways in Turkmenistan, between Turkmenabat, Mary, Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi. The program is expected to be undertaken in three phases, namely (i) Turkmenabat-Mary, (ii) Mary-Ashgabat, and (iii) Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi. It is intended for ADB to process Phase 1 as a standalone project, with Phases 2 and 3 financed through additional financing, subject to sound progress on Phase 1. Aligned with these three proposed phases, this transaction TA facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to these ensuing projects , comprising;

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary) Railway Modernization Project;

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary-Ashgabat) Railway Modernization Project-Additional Financing; and

- Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6 (Turkmenabat-Mary-Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi) Railway Modernization Project-Additional Financing.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Despite its importance in supporting regional and domestic connectivity, the line is in a poor state, arising from a backlog of maintenance issues, partly inherited from the Former Soviet Union. The last capital repair was completed in the 1970s. Operational speeds are limited to 30km per hour, and major safety issues are existent. The poor state of the line poses a major challenge to the further expansion of freight and passenger train services on a reliable and safe basis.

The government prioritizes the Turkmenabat-Mary section as Phase 1, primarily due to the higher traffic volume on this section of the track, with Mary serving as a key junction for trains coming to and from Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan.The projects collectively contribute to the improvement of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 2, 3 and 6, serving the east-west connection between East Asia and Europe, as well as the North-South connection between the Middle East and Central Asia and beyond.

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 Ashgabat, Mary, Turkmenabat, Turkmenbasy
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholder of the project is the Ministry of Railway Transport, who is in charge of construction, maintenance and operation of railway lines in Turkmenistan. Other important stakeholders include local governments, residents residing directly alongside the railway line, and businesses which will benefit from the project. Such stakeholders will be consulted through local governments.
During Project Implementation The same stakeholders listed above will continue to be consulted during project implementation. Opportunities to maximize positive social impact from the project will continue to be pursued. Records of such consultations shall be recorded for ongoing reference and to serve as meaningful inputs to the project execution.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB engaged three international individual consultants following ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) to undertake the services required for the TA. They were mobilized in March and April 2019. Two resource person assignments were awarded since May 2018.
Responsible ADB Officer Georget, Johan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Turkmenistan Railway Agency
162, Archabil Av., 744007, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 11 May 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Sep 2018

TA 9524-TKM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 May 2018 05 Jun 2018 05 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 825,000.00 17 Jun 2022 350,229.73

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Feasibility Study Firm - Consulting Closed 27 Oct 2020 01 Dec 2020
Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Oct 2020 04 Nov 2020
Railway Sector Specialist - Traffic Modelling Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019
Transport Economist and Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jul 2019 23 Jul 2019
Materials Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Financial Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Railway Asset Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Procurement and Contract Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
International Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Transport Economist and Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
International Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Railway Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019
Railway Signalling and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 07 Feb 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
TRTA Technical Assistance 9524 21 Jul 2021 BERNARD Gruppe ZT GmbH | Bahnhofstrasse 19 Hall in Tyrol, Austria 6060 Attn: Gernot Klais Ministry of Railway Transport of Turkmenistan 504,864.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.