Asian bank approves grant for Tajikistan micro-hydro

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$2 million grant to Tajikistan’s Ministry of Energy to establish a program of community-based micro-hydropower development in remote rural areas of Tajikistan.

ADB said March 20 the funds are provided by the government of Japan via ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to establish run-of-river hydro projects of at least 200 kW each in six poor communities. The program is to establish functioning community-based organizations capable of managing micro-hydropower stations.

The Ministry of Energy is to carry out procurement under ADB guidelines to secure consultants and contractors. An international consultant will be appointed project manager and local, small-scale contractors with expertise and training in micro-hydropower will be hired as far as practicable.

Work is to include rehabilitation or upgrading of a maximum of six community-based energy organizations, implementation of a maximum of six pilot micro-hydro projects of at least 200 kW each, strengthening of distribution networks, and supply of energy in pilot project areas.

ADB anticipates 16 person-months of international consultants and 197 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. In addition to the US$2 million grant, the government and beneficiary communities are to contribute the equivalent of US$398,970.

The ADB project officer is Teruhisa Oi, Energy Division, ECRD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6324936; E-mail: teruhisaoi@adb.org. For information, contact D. Nurmakhmatov, Ministry of Energy, 6 Rudaki Ave., Dushanbe, Tajikistan; (992) 372-358668; Fax: (992) 372-358692.

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