Afghanistan Signs Contract for Electricity Supplies
From Central Asia
Jul 03, 2007 - BBC Monitoring South
Mohammad Esmail [Khan], the minister of water and
power, while singing the contract for survey of the
Kokcha and Konar dams, has announced that 1,000 MW
of electricity will be imported from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
and Turkmenistan in the near future to overcome electricity
problems in Kabul.
According to Rah-e Nejat's economic
team, Mohammad Esmail, while explaining his visit
to and singing of contracts with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
and in near future with Tajikistan and the supply
of electricity to Kabul and other cities along they
way said: "In total 1,000 MW electricity would be
imported from these countries."
In addition, he revealed
that 70 per cent of work on construction of transmission
lines from Uzbekistan to Hayratan and Kabul had been
completed. The minister said that the 500 kW transmission
line from Turkmenistan would also have the capacity
to transfer 1,000 MW of electricity. Initially it
would transfer 100 MW of electricity.
said that Turkmenistan would pay for the transmission
lines in that country. He pointed out that 450 km
of transmission line will be situated in Turkmenistan
and 200 km in Afghanistan.
The water and power minister
said the contract for technical survey of the Kokcha
and Konar dams signed with the Indian BEC company
at a cost of 3m dollars was important in harnessing
the waters of these two rivers to improve agriculture
in Badakhshan and Konar provinces and to provide additional
2,450 MW electricity. He added that capacity survey
of dams showed that the Kokcha dam has the capacity
of 2,000 MW electricity production and the Konar dam
has the capacity of 350 to 450 MW electricity.
the reconstruction of Atashan canal in Pashtun Zarghun
District of Herat Province with a cost of 89m afghanis,
the minister said it was another positive step towards
reconstruction process and said after completion of
the Atashan canal project, 6,800 hectares of land
would come under systematic irrigation programme.
It is worth mentioning that the Projects Coordination
Directorate of the Water and Power Ministry implemented
67 canal construction projects with the cost of 492m
afghanis and brought 75,000 hectares of land under
The technical survey of the Kokcha and
Konar dam projects will be completed in 18 months.
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