Afghanistan: Kandahar Solar Power Project
The proposed project will include development, construction, commissioning and operation of a 15.1 MW solar power plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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|Project Name||Kandahar Solar Power Project|
|Borrower/Company||77 CCT Group Conso.
Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||ADB Disclosure|
|Description||The proposed project will include development, construction, commissioning and operation of a 15.1 MW solar power plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project is expected provide further impetus to the objective set by the Government of Afghanistan to achieve 40% RE power by 2032. Successful implementation of the Project will lead to lower import fuel bill, decreased reliance on energy imports from neighboring countries and will provide the basis for Afghanistan to scale up its RE potential.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||Project has achieved COD on 5 May 2019|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The project is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030, which includes tackling climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability as among the key operational priorities. ADB's support for the project is also in line with its country partnership strategy for Afghanistan, 2017-2022 and will result in increased electricity supply and help shape the business environment for economic growth and job creation led by private sector.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Construction completion report has been submitted confirming construction environmental impacts were managed and monitored, and that the Project has received an Environmental Permit from the National Environment Protection Agency. The Safeguards and Social Monitoring Reports (SSMR) of 2019 and 2020 reported that the Project had no environment, health and safety incidents and complaints during the reporting period. The Project conducted health and safety training as well as environmental monitoring. A corrective action plan has been developed to address gaps observed in the SSMR 2019. Progress has been made on the CAP in 2020. ADB will continue to monitor environmental performance of the Project and implementation of corrective actions.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is proposed classified as Category C for involuntary resettlement. The project has not caused any physical or economic displacement impacts. The land for the project is leased to 77Afg rent-free by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) per the terms of a power purchase agreement. An associated transmission line owned by DABS is aligned within a national road right-of-way to local substation.|
|Indigenous Peoples||In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is proposed classified as Category C for Indigenous Peoples. The project area is not within areas where distinct and vulnerable Indigenous Peoples or ethnic minority groups reside.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||Consultation was carried out during the ESIA preparation with government and local communities. Additional consultation has been conducted during the audit with government, local villages, women and the civil society. Key concerns expressed during the consultation are access to electricity, work and education opportunities. A Grievance Redress Mechanism was established for both during construction and operation stage to ensure grievances can be communicated and addressed appropriately, if any.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||04 Oct 2018|
|Credit Committee Meeting||21 Mar 2019|
|Approval||02 Apr 2019|
|Last PDS Update||22 Jul 2021|
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