Afghanistan to be a transit country to export electricity from Central Asia to Pakistan

On Thursday, the foundation stone laying ceremony for the future CASA-1000 (Central Asia – South Asia) transmission line regional electricity generation project at the Afghan province of Kabul was held, reports.

The transmission line aims to bring electricity to Pakistan from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through Afghan territory, and it would benefit Afghanistan as a transit country generating revenue.

Surobi district of Kabul province was the foundation stone laying groundbreaking site. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that economic cooperation benefits all, adding that Afghanistan would become an intersection of regional electricity.

Meanwhile, head of Afghanistan’s national energy compnay Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, Amanullah Ghalib said that CASA-1000 could help political stability.

1,300 megawatts electricity transmission project’s route covers Kunduz, Baghlan, Panjshir, Kapisa, Kabul, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces. The project is expected to cost $225 million financed by the World Bank.

The project is estimated to be completed in 2022 and is executed by two Indian companies. According to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, after completion of the project, Afghanistan would receive between $45 and $50 million in transit duties from the project annually.

Earlier, The Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and TAPP-500 Power Transmission Line FZE company, Turkey, signed an agreement on cooperation in the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line project.

On February 01, launch ceremony of important phase of the project of construction of the TAP power transmission line, Turkmen part of power line on Mary State Power State – city of Herat until Turkmen – Afghan border was held. The works at this part of the TAP power line are planned to be accomplished in August 2021. In the future, under the TAP project, the power lines will run from Herat to Kandahar, the second most populated city in Afghanistan. Further, it will continue to Quetta, one of the largest cities in Pakistan.

Another direction of Turkmen power supply is from the city of Kerki, Turkmenistan, to the Afghan cities of Andkhoy, Puli-Khumri and Kabul, and further to Peshawar, Pakistan.

Thus, two large a 500 kV power transmission lines, crossing the territory of Afghanistan from different sides, would support export of electricity from Turkmenistan to north and west of Pakistan.

It is expected that the construction of a 750 km TAP transmission line in Afghanistan – from Turgundi, Herat province, to Spin-Boldak, Kandahar province – will be completed within three years.