The proposed project will include development, construction, commissioning and operation of a 15.1 MW solar power plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
|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||Hashimi, Mohammed Azim|
|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.|
|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||An environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) was prepared by 77 Construction Company. As construction of the project has commenced, an environmental and social compliance audit on the ESIA and construction activities has been carried out per ADB Safeguard Policy Statement 2009 (SPS 2009). The potential environmental impacts of the project including on water-use, noise, waste generation and dust are generally site-specific, reversible, and mostly associated with construction activities. These impacts can be effectively managed by the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). Health and safety (H&S) is managed through H&S plans prepared for construction and operation stage, which includes emergency response plans. Corrective actions will be implemented to address gaps of the ESMP and to compliance with ADB SPS 2009 requirements. An environmental and social monitoring report will be submitted to ADB at construction completion as well as on an annual basis during operation.|
|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 will be established for during both 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||07 Mar 2019|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Kandahar Solar Power Project: FAST Report||Faster Approach to Small Nonsovereign Transactions||Apr 2019|
|Kandahar Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Nov 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|
|Kandahar Solar Power Project: Environmental and Social Compliance Audit Report||Environment and Social Compliance Audit Reports||Jan 2019|
|Kandahar Solar Power Project: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment||Environment and Social Impact Assessments||Apr 2018|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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