Fiji : Rural Electrification Support Project

Sovereign Project | 57056-001

The project will support the Government of Fiji to demonstrate a clean, sustainable, and reliable rural electrification model that can be replicated across the country, by expanding and upgrading a mini-hydropower facility and installing a solar photovoltaic (PV)-based mini-grid together with battery energy storage system (BESS) in remote locations. The project will also help create a robust operations and maintenance (O&M) system for rural electrification in Fiji, through institutional strengthening of the government and capacity development of the concerned communities. The project will directly benefit approximately 190 households (or approximately 1,070 individuals) in remote locations, by improving their access to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

Project Details

Project Name
Rural Electrification Support Project
Project Number
57056-001
Country / Economy
  • Fiji
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9240-FIJ: Rural Electrification Support Project
Source Amount
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 3.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform - Renewable energy generation - small hydro - Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
The project will support the Government of Fiji to demonstrate a clean, sustainable, and reliable rural electrification model that can be replicated across the country, by expanding and upgrading a mini-hydropower facility and installing a solar photovoltaic (PV)-based mini-grid together with battery energy storage system (BESS) in remote locations. The project will also help create a robust operations and maintenance (O&M) system for rural electrification in Fiji, through institutional strengthening of the government and capacity development of the concerned communities. The project will directly benefit approximately 190 households (or approximately 1,070 individuals) in remote locations, by improving their access to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The proposed project will demonstrate hybrid renewable energy model, combining mini hydropower, solar photovoltaic based mini-grid system, and battery energy storage system to supply stable clean electricity in rural Fiji. Upon successful completion in 2027, the project will supply 100% of renewable energy power to meet the demand in targeted communities. Together with capacity enhancement for the government, relevant energy agencies, and local communities to establish robust operations and maintenance system, the project is also expected to be replicated in the other rural communities in Fiji.
Impact

A resource-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable energy sector achieved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Access to electricity generated from renewable energy sources improved

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Renewable energy supply in the project areas increased.

Capacity for O&M strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Buca Bay, Tiliva

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
C
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

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
Recruitment of all consultants will follow ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time)
Procurement
All procurement of goods and works will follow ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Shiihara, Takeshi
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Energy Sector Office (SG-ENE)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy

Timetable

Concept Clearance
08 Jun 2023
Fact Finding
24 Jul 2023 to 04 Aug 2023
MRM
-
Approval
08 Dec 2023
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
08 Dec 2023

Funding

Grant 9240-FIJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Dec 2023 14 Dec 2023 17 Jan 2024 30 Jun 2028 - -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 3.40
ADB 0.00
Counterpart 0.40
Cofinancing 3.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 06 Jun 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Cumulative Disbursements 06 Jun 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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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
Rural Electrification Support Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2023

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Manager - Project Management Unit (PMU) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Rural Electrification Support Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Dec 2023