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 Name||Nuku'alofa Port Upgrade Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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||Safer, more reliable, and more affordable transport infrastructure and services provided in Tonga (Tonga Strategic Development Framework, 2015 2025)|
|Description of Outcome||Capacity and operations of Nuku'alofa Port improved.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Port infrastructure rehabilitated
International cargo docks and supporting infrastructure extended
Port operations and management improved
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|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.|
|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|
Ministry of Finance
Kingdom of Tonga
|Concept Clearance||05 May 2020|
|Fact Finding||04 May 2020 to 14 May 2020|
|MRM||08 Jul 2020|
|Approval||03 Dec 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||03 Dec 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|03 Dec 2020||-||-||31 Dec 2026||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||50.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||45.00||03 Dec 2020||0.00||0.00||0%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||03 Dec 2020||0.00||0.00||0%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0774-TON: Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project||Grant Agreement||Jan 2021|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Gender Action Plan||Gender Action Plans||Nov 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Project Administration Manual||Project/Program Administration Manual||Nov 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||May 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||May 2020|
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|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Updated Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Oct 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Social Safeguards Due Diligence Report||Safeguards Due Diligence Reports||Jun 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Jun 2020|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|TON (53045-003): Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project (CW-1)||Invitation for prequalification||Closed||14 Aug 2020||28 Sep 2020|
|Nuku’alofa Port Upgrade Project||Advance Notice||Active||02 Jun 2020|
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