Uzbekistan : Preparing Railway Modernization Projects

Sovereign Project | 53337-001

The Government of Uzbekistan (the government) and O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) have requested technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare two projects to further modernize railways in Uzbekistan, namely (i) Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2 (PapNamanganAndijan) Railway Electrification Project-Additional Financing, and (ii) CAREC Corridor 2 (BukharaMiskinUrgenchKhiva) Railway Electrification Project. The preparation of the two projects require a similar set of due diligence, including safeguards, financial management, and economic assessments.

Project Details

Project Name
Preparing Railway Modernization Projects
Project Number
53337-001
Country / Economy
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9795-UZB: Preparing Railway Modernization Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
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 / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The Government of Uzbekistan (the government) and O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY) have requested technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare two projects to further modernize railways in Uzbekistan, namely (i) Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2 (PapNamanganAndijan) Railway Electrification Project-Additional Financing, and (ii) CAREC Corridor 2 (BukharaMiskinUrgenchKhiva) Railway Electrification Project. The preparation of the two projects require a similar set of due diligence, including safeguards, financial management, and economic assessments.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2 (PapNamanganAndijan) Railway Electrification Project-Additional Financing. The project aims to complete the modernization of the railway network linking Tashkent with major cities and towns in the populous Fergana Valley. It directly complements the work currently being undertaken under the current project to electrify and modernize the PapNamanganAndijan section in the Fergana Valley, as well as the work completed by the government and UTY with assistance of People's Republic of China and the World Bank for the construction of the AngrenPap railway through the Kamchik Pass. Despite these efforts, signaling and telecommunications systems remain uninstalled on the section AngrenPapKokandAndijan, greatly affecting efficiency and safety of rail operations. Although all sections are already electrified (or soon to be electrified), there are limits on the frequency and number of trains that can be run, due to the shortage of traction substations. The additional financing will help install signaling and telecommunications on the AngrenPapKokandAndijan line, as well as construct two new traction substations to relieve the shortage of electric power on the line. The additional financing will also aim to upgrade train control and management systems.

CAREC Corridor 2 (BukharaMiskinUrgenchKhiva) Railway Electrification Project. The project aims to electrify the existing railway line linking Bukhara, Miskin, Urgench and Khiva. The project is aligned with the government's strategy to diversify the economy and develop the tourism sector in the Khorezm region. With electrification, the route can be served by high-speed passenger trains already in operation on other parts of the network. This will shorten travel times between Bukhara and Khiva from the current 6 hours by road, down to 2. The top tourist destinations of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva will be connected by high-speed rail, significantly improving the attractiveness of Uzbekistan as a tourism destination. The project will upgrade the railway along the BukharaMiskinUrgenchKhiva line, including (i) construction of 8 traction substations, (ii) construction of 8 section posts, (iii) installation of catenary systems, (iv) installation of signaling, telecoms and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and (v) construction of external power supply. The project will also help create a tourism economic corridor by supporting sustainable tourism, transit-oriented development along the railway corridor, and an electronic ticketing system to enhance the attractiveness of railway transport.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The transaction TA facility will support meaningful consultations to prepare two ensuing projects in the railway subsector in Uzbekistan. Such consultations will include aspects relating to land acquisition and resettlement, environment and women empowerment.
During Project Implementation
The transaction TA facility will support meaningful consultations to prepare two ensuing projects in the railway subsector in Uzbekistan. Such consultations will include aspects relating to land acquisition and resettlement, environment and women empowerment.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The transaction TA facility will require approximately 23 person-months (PMs) of international consultants and 11 PMs of national consultants' inputs. This includes 1 PM of national, and 1 PM international resource person inputs to provide short-term, highly specialized inputs. Consultants will support ADB staff in the conduct of standard due diligence on the proposed projects, including technical, economic and financial, governance, poverty and social (including gender), safeguards and strategic procurement planning. They will also provide capacity building to the EA on procurement, safeguards and gender. Consultants and resource persons will be recruited individually, with either input-based or output-based contracts as appropriate. For project due diligence in a highly specialized subsector such as railways, hiring individual consultants, rather than firms, is faster to mobilize, and more cost-effective. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated TA staff instructions. Apart from work on common due diligence and capacity building, the consultants will be sent separate notices-to-proceed for preparatory work on each of the two projects, following the approval of each project's concept paper.
Procurement
The consultants will procure goods, mainly in the form of software to be used for noise and environmental modeling and monitoring, and railway traffic modeling. These will be handed over to the EA upon TA completion.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Georget, Johan
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
02 Sep 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
04 Sep 2019

Funding

TA 9795-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Sep 2019 05 Sep 2019 05 Sep 2019 31 Dec 2021 31 Aug 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
09 Sep 2023 563,842.16

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Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing Railway Modernization Projects: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2019

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Preparing Railway Modernization Projects - External Monitoring Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
External Monitoring Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Procurement and Contract Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Development and Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Transport Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Railway Signaling and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Financial Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Sustainable Tourism Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Railway Electrification Specialist and Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.