The proposed small-scale project preparatory technical assistance (S-PPTA) is not included in the 2016 pipeline of ADB's India country operations business plan (COBP), 2016-2018. The formal inclusion of the intended loan program will be confirmed with the Government of India in 2016. The S-PPTA will jumpstart due diligence and preparatory work for a loan or series of loans to fund the pipeline. Consultation missions fielded on 10-11 December 2015 and 11-14 January 2016 to discuss project preparation activities and obtain additional information, underscored the need to begin due diligence and preparatory work.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
The S-PPTA will help prepare the project to support GITLs pipeline construction requirements. The S-PPTAs outputs will be due diligence on financial management, financial and economic analysis, technical analysis, and safeguards (environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples). ADB intends to hire consultants as soon as possible, and conduct another mission to finalize the project/program concept for ADBs concept paper approval process, followed by further due diligence.
Enhanced natural gas transmission system capacity in India. ( Vision 2030 Natural Gas Infrastructure in India)
Four international consultants for 8.5 person-months and one national consultant for 2 person-months will be recruited. ADB will engage the consultants on an individual basis in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time), and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for engaging individual consultants. Disbursements under the S-PPTA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The consultants will prepare inception, draft final, and final reports. Outline terms of reference are given in Attachment 1. Lump-sum payments/output-based contracts will be considered for consulting services under the TA.
No major procurement is expected. Any procurement of
goods will be carried out in accordance with ADB
Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time
TA 9076-IND: Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Investment Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
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Responsible ADB Officer Ogino, Kaoru
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
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