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Afghanistan: Kandahar Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 52229-001 Status: Proposed

Project Details

Project Officer
Hashimi, Mohammed Azim Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
  • Afghanistan
  • Energy
Project Name Kandahar Solar Power Project
Project Number 52229-001
Borrower/Company 77 CCT Group Conso.
Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy
Country Afghanistan
Location Nation-wide
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
Project Sponsor(s)
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.
Safeguard Categories
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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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