Uzbekistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project

Sovereign Project | 53271-001

The project will add electrification, signaling and telecommunication, and traction power management systems to the recently built railway line between Bukhara, Miskin, Urgench, and Khiva, a total of 465 km. The line has a design speed of 250 km per hour and connects to the electrified high-speed railway line between the country's capital Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Georget, Johan
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    14 December 2021
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project
Project Number 53271-001
Country / Economy Uzbekistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4170-UZB: Central Asia Regional Economic Coperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 162.00 million
Loan 8414-UZB: Central Asia Regional Economic Coperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank US$ 108.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will add electrification, signaling and telecommunication, and traction power management systems to the recently built railway line between Bukhara, Miskin, Urgench, and Khiva, a total of 465 km. The line has a design speed of 250 km per hour and connects to the electrified high-speed railway line between the country's capital Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

By doing so, the project will fundamentally change the economic geography of Khorezm, by shrinking the temporal distance to other urbanized areas of Uzbekistan. High-speed trains will reduce travel times between Urgench and Bukhara to 2 hours, compared to the current 6 by road. The total journey from Urgench to Tashkent will be made possible in approximately 6 hours, well within a daily commute. With such improvements, a number of impacts will be felt. Industrial development in Khorezm will be spurred in favor of higher value-added sectors such as tourism. The development of tourism is expected to come with several multiplier effects, as many locals including women will increasingly be employed in the tourism industry. Traditional sectors of agriculture and manufacturing will also increase in their value proposition. For example, higher value agricultural produce will be able to be exported faster and farther through the use of refrigerated wagons. The local population, including women and children will have improved access to safer transport, supported by gender-inclusive facilities in trains and at modernized stations already in place. The project will significantly increase the accessibility of the population of Khorezm to jobs, markets, healthcare and education facilities within the region and in other parts of the country. With the tourism sector in Uzbekistan already being the seventh fastest growing in the world with 13.4 percent growth in 2018, there is a large potential for the project to contribute to a tourism-led development in western Uzbekistan. For this reason, the second output of the project has the objective to develop a Tourism Economic Corridor in Western Uzbekistan, contributing to local inclusive economic activity in municipalities along the corridor. Besides high-speed and quality passenger transport, the project will also contribute to improvements in freight rail services. Freight will consist of domestic, export, import and transit traffic, which is projected by O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) to reach a total of 12 million tons per annum by 2023 on the section between Bukhara and Miskin

Impact

Sustainable regional trade and economic activity promoted along CAREC Corridor 2

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improved railway services for freight and passengers in Western Uzbekistan

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Railway infrastructure along the Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva line upgraded

Tourism corridor Bukhara-Miskin-Urgenc-Khiva developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bukhara, Khiva, Miskin, Urgench
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Georget, Johan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2020
Fact Finding 04 Apr 2021 to 05 Apr 2021
MRM 03 Nov 2021
Approval 14 Dec 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2022

Loan 4170-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2021 29 Dec 2021 30 Jul 2022 31 Dec 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 337.65 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 162.00 22 Jul 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 175.65 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jul 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 8414-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Jan 2022 25 Mar 2022 - 31 Dec 2026 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 108.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 22 Jul 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 108.00 22 Jul 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

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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
Проект электрификации железнодорожной линии (Бухара-Мискин-Ургенч-Хива), проходящей по коридору 2 Центральноазиатского регионального экономического: Отчет о комплексной социальной экспертизе Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Oct 2021
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2021
Проект электрификации железной дороги (линия Бухара-Мискин-Ургенч-Хива) в рамках Коридора 2 ентральноазиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества : Предварительная экологическая оценка Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2021
Markaziy Osiyo mintaqaviy iqtisodiy hamkorlik 2-koridori (Buxoro-Miskin-Urganch-Xiva) temir yo'lini elektrlashtirish loyihasi: Dastlabki ekologik ekspertiza Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2021
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project: Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Oct 2021
Проект электрификации железной дороги (линия Бухара-Мискин-Ургенч-Хива) в рамках Коридора 2 Центральноазиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества: Внешнее электроснабжение Проект Плана переселения Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project: External Power Supply Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Проект электрификации железнодорожной линии (Бухара-Мискин-Ургенч-Хива) Коридора 2 Центральноазиатского регионального экономического сотрудничества: Восемь новых тяговых подстанций Проектная версия Плана переселения Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 (Bukhara-Miskin-Urgench-Khiva) Railway Electrification Project: Eight New Traction Substations Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Markaziy Osiyo mintaqaviy iqtisodiy hamkorlik 2-koridori (Buxoro-Miskin-Urganch-Xiva) temir yo'lini elektrlashtirish loyihasi: Tashqi quvvat manbai Ko'chirish rejasi loyihasi Resettlement Plans Oct 2021
Markaziy Osiyo mintaqaviy iqtisodiy hamkorlik 2-koridori (Buxoro-Miskin-Urganch-Xiva) temir yo'lini elektrlashtirish loyihasi: Ijtimoiy o’rganish hisoboti Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Oct 2021
Markaziy Osiyo mintaqaviy iqtisodiy hamkorlik 2-koridori (Buxoro-Miskin-Urganch-Xiva) temir yo'lini elektrlashtirish loyihasi: Sakkizta yangi tortishish podstansiyalari Ko'chirish rejasi loyihasi Resettlement Plans Oct 2021

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