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Tonga: Nuku'alofa Port Upgrade Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53045-003 Status: Proposed

The proposed project will upgrade the Nukualofa port, rehabilitate, renew and expand the existing infrastructure and improve the management and operations practices. The project outputs will result in the following outcome: capacity and operations of the Nuku'alofa Port improved. The project will be aligned with the following impact: safer, more reliable, and more affordable transport infrastructure and services in Tonga.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Tonga
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Nuku'alofa Port Upgrade Project
Project Number 53045-003
Country Tonga
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Nuku'alofa Port Upgrade Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 45.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will upgrade the Nukualofa port, rehabilitate, renew and expand the existing infrastructure and improve the management and operations practices. The project outputs will result in the following outcome: capacity and operations of the Nuku'alofa Port improved. The project will be aligned with the following impact: safer, more reliable, and more affordable transport infrastructure and services in Tonga.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The development goals of Tonga include safer, more reliable, and more affordable transport infrastructure and services, as presented in the Tonga Strategic Development Framework, 2015 to 2025. The National Infrastructure Investment Plan, 2013 to 2023 outlines the vision for the development of the infrastructure sector; the plan prioritizes the improvement of maritime infrastructure to cope with increased demand and the impact of climate change and disasters. The proposed project is aligned with the Pacific Approach, 2016 to 2020 in reducing costs by improving regional connectivity through transport infrastructure, managing risks, and enabling value creation. ADBs Strategy 2030 also expands the focus on small island developing states to strengthen connectivity, access, and institutional capacity, while tackling climate change impacts and disaster risks. The proposed project is listed in ADBs country operations business plan for Tonga, 2019 to 2021.
Impact A safer, more reliable, and more affordable transport infrastructure and services provided in Tonga.
Outcome Capacity and operations of the Nuku'alofa Port improved.
Outputs

Existing port infrastructure rehabilitated

Existing international cargo wharves extended

Port operations and management improved

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An initial environmental examination (IEE) is ongoing. The IEE demonstrates that impacts on the physical, biological and socio-economic environment will be minor, few, if any are irreversible, and most can be managed through good practice during both construction and operation along with implementation of the projects environmental management plan (EMP) detailed in the IEE. Short-term impacts are anticipated during construction. A sediment plume analysis demonstrates that any impacts from turbidity will be localized and insignificant. The ADB will ensure the Safeguard Policy Statement as well as country safeguards are complied with.
Involuntary Resettlement The port upgrade will occur on existing facilities located on government-owned land. The land is leased by the Port Authority of Tonga (PAT). There is no expected involuntary resettlement impacts, and this will be verified by a social safeguards specialist.
Indigenous Peoples The project will not impact any distinct and vulnerable group of Indigenous Peoples as defined under ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The project is limited to port upgrading civil works within existing port facilities located in the capital of Tonga and some capacity building activities with employees of the Port Authority of Tonga.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholders will be the Government (Ministry of Finance and National Planning, and the Ministry of Infrastructure), PAT workers, contractors and suppliers to PAT, importers and exporters, shipping companies and agencies, domestic market retailers, the general public and development partners. The key stakeholders from the Government and PAT will form the Project Management Unit (PMU) and will oversee the preparation and delivery of the project. The business community and general public will take part in consultation process regarding the project design.
During Project Implementation The Government and PAT staff will be engaged in all aspects of the project through its investigation, design and implementation stages. Community consultation will also be undertaken during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB approved in July 2019 a Project Readiness Financing (PRF) grant to prepare engineering designs, update due diligence, and procurement support. A consulting firm (Haskoning DHV Nederland B.V.) was recruited under the PRF to undertake these activities. The PRF also supported the strengthening of the governments capacity on project preparation with the establishment in September 2019 of a Project Management Unit (PMU) under the Ministry of Infrastructure. These contracts included provisions that subject to the satisfactory performance of the consultants, the Government may single source the consultants for further downstream assignments. Advance contracting will be used to accelerate the recruitment of consulting services.
Procurement The project will include a single civil works contract comprising all marine and land side works. Procurement method will be open competitive bidding (internationally advertised) with prequalification. Prequalification is expected to start in June 2020.
Responsible ADB Officer Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance 05 May 2020
Fact Finding 04 May 2020 to 14 May 2020
MRM 28 Aug 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 May 2020

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project Advance Notice Active 02 Jun 2020

Contracts Awarded

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