Second Power Distribution Enhancement Investment Program - Tranche 1 (ADB-47190-003)

  • Pakistan
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Voting Date
Nov 25, 2015
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  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 400.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 2, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 21, 2016

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Project Description
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The proposed investment program's objective is to introduce advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in Pakistan's different distribution companies (DISCOs). An MFF is proposed for this investment. There are nine DISCOs in Pakistan and the AMI roll-out to these DISCOs will be in phases. In the first phase (tranche 1), two of LESCO's circles and IESCO's Rawalpindi region have been selected for AMI roll-out. Once developed, the same will be replicated and implemented in the remaining technically and commercially feasible regions or circles of the nine DISCOs.


AMI aims at: (i) reducing distribution losses and improving revenue collection, (ii) enhancing load control and load management, (iii) providing automated consumption data collection of all customers, and (iv) modernizing the electricity metering and billing system. The investment program will provide funds for metering, communication and billing systems including installation and supporting infrastructure.


Financial viability of the power distribution system improved (project-defined).


Consulting firms will be recruited for project monitoring and supervision, capacity development, and communication strategy. The quality- and cost-based selection method (90:10) for firms will be used, following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).


The indicative procurement method for the turnkey contract will be international competitive bidding, following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). The project envisages advance contracting for the turnkey contract and the consulting services. Retroactive financing of up to 20% of total financing will be considered subject to preparedness of the project and availability of counterpart funds.

Investment Description
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Loan 3328-PAK: Second Power Distribution Enhancement Investment Program Tranche 1
Ordinary capital resources US$ 380.00 million

Loan 3329-PAK: Second Power Distribution Enhancement Investment Program Tranche 1
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million

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Responsible ADB Officer Tareen, Adnan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water & Power
Government of Pakistan
Safdar Mansion
16-D Blue Area Islamabad, Pakistan

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