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Tajikistan: Reconnection to the Central Asian Power System Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52122-001 Status: Active

In April 2018, Tajikistan started to export power to Uzbekistan on an islanded mode. However, in order to synchronize the systems and achieve power trade target, the relay protection system in Tajikistan has to be modernized and new interconnection points established. The project will: (i) install modern relays, circuit breakers, instrumental transformers and ancillary equipment and systems at eight 220kV and two 500kV interconnection points; (ii) establish two new 500kV interconnections; and, (iii) provide capacity building to Barki Tojik staff in reliability of parallel operations.

These solutions will result in the following outcome: regional energy resource utilization among CAPS countries improved.

Project Details

Project Officer
Inoue, Yuki Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Reconnection to the Central Asian Power System Project
Project Number 52122-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0622-TAJ: Reconnection to the Central Asian Power System Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 35.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

In April 2018, Tajikistan started to export power to Uzbekistan on an islanded mode. However, in order to synchronize the systems and achieve power trade target, the relay protection system in Tajikistan has to be modernized and new interconnection points established. The project will: (i) install modern relays, circuit breakers, instrumental transformers and ancillary equipment and systems at eight 220kV and two 500kV interconnection points; (ii) establish two new 500kV interconnections; and, (iii) provide capacity building to Barki Tojik staff in reliability of parallel operations.

These solutions will result in the following outcome: regional energy resource utilization among CAPS countries improved.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Central Asian republics are endowed with significant energy related natural resources, however, the distribution of these is highly skewed. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have abundant hydro resources, while in contrast Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are rich with fossil fuels. During the Soviet Union era these resources were managed at the regional level. Energy systems were designed to take into account the location of various energy sources and needs of entire region. The hydropower resources in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan were operated primarily as an irrigation systems with power generation being secondary. Energy and water infrastructure, inherited by these countries, implicitly contemplated energy and water transfer across administrative boundaries that later have become national borders.

However, the obsolete infrastructure systems in Tajikistan left from the former Soviet Union era that has neither been properly maintained nor replaced, especially during the civil war. This significantly deteriorated the reliability of the protection systems, which is one of the key elements for the parallel operation of the power systems. For the lack of sufficient infrastructure, the Tajikistan system has not been reconnected to the Central Asia Power System (CAPS) since its disconnection in 2009.

In 2017, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan started working together to interconnect the electricity systems. In early 2018, the governments of both countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding according to which Tajikistan will start to exports summer surplus power to Uzbekistan. Initially, vertically integrated state power utility JSC Barki Tojik will start exporting 1.5 TWh on islanded mode in Uzbekistan (asynchronous operation) and after achieving full parallel operation, the export volume will increase to 5 TWh. This project will provide the infrastructure necessary for achieving full parallel operation of the two systems.

Impact Regional energy trade expanded
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Regional energy efficiency among CAPS countries improved.
Progress Toward Outcome IFBs for EPC contracts for relay protection and emergency control systems issued in June 2020, with bids due in August 2020.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan electricity grids synchronized

Interconnection between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan expanded

Capacity in Tajikistan for stable parallel operation improved

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

Target deferred to 2022. IFB for EPC contract issued in June 2020, and bids opened in Sep. Contract signing in Q4 2020, and commissioning in Q3 2022.

The EPC contractor will train the PMU, in coordination with the PIC.

Target deferred to 2022. IFB for EPC contract issued in June 2020, with bids opened in Sep. Contract signing will be in Q4 2020, and commissioning in Q3 2022.

Target deferred to 2022. IFB for EPC contract issued in June 2020, with bid opened in Aug. Contract signing will be in Q4 2020, and commissioning in Q3 2022.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A project implementation consulting firm was recruited with an estimated 214 person-months of inputs using quality-and-cost-based selection method (standard quality:cost ratio of 90:10) with international advertising.
Procurement An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will be procured for the relay protection system following ADB's open competitive bidding, single-stage: two-envelope bidding procedure, with international advertising. Another EPC contract for the emergency control system will be procured by direct contracting to DS Group in Kazakhstan.
Responsible ADB Officer Inoue, Yuki
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Open Stock Holding Company "Barqi Tojik"
64 Ismolili Somini Avenue, Dushanbe
Tajikistan, Postal Code 734026
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Jul 2018
Fact Finding 05 Jun 2018 to 13 Jun 2018
MRM 30 Aug 2018
Approval 12 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2020

Grant 0622-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Nov 2018 23 Nov 2018 20 Feb 2019 28 Feb 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 40.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 35.00 12 Nov 2018 2.77 0.00 8%
Counterpart 5.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Nov 2018 0.91 0.00 3%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Grant 0622-TAJ: Reconnection to Central Asian Power System Project - CORRIGENDUM Invitation for Bids Closed 07 Sep 2020 11 Sep 2020
Grant 0622-TAJ: Reconnection to Central Asian Power System Project - ORIGINAL Invitation for Bids Closed 16 Jun 2020 11 Sep 2020
Project Implementation Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2019 03 Mar 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANT Grant 0622 02 Oct 2019 GOPA INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSULTANTS GMBH 61352 BAD HOMBURG GERMANY OSHC "Barqi Tojik" CONSULTANCY 2,602,710.65

Procurement Plan