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Affordable electricity for more than 26,000 people in Badakhshan province

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Affordable electricity for more than 26,000 people in Badakhshan province

Badakhshan powerOn Thursday, 25th April 2013, two energy projects were handed over to the Afghan Minis-try of Energy and Water (MEW) in Yaftal District of Badakhshan Province. The electricity projects in the villages of Farghambol and Nalan supply reliable electricity at affordable rates to more than 2,800 customers (and 26,000 beneficiaries) in 28 villages in the district. Deputy minister of the MEW, Amanullah Monsef and the governor of Badakhshan Prov-ince, Dr. Shah Waliullah Adeeb, were present at the handover ceremony in Farghambol. In their speeches they both thanked the German Government for its efforts.

The German side was represented by Development Commissioner Dr. Frank Pohl of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, representatives of the Afghan national electricity utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) from Kunduz and Takhar were present. DABS will assume responsibility for the op-eration, maintenance and management of the two electricity schemes. The schemes were supervised by the programme Energy Supply for Rural Areas (ESRA) which is part of the Afghan-German Cooperation.

At the core of the projects lie two hydropower plants. One is located at Farghambol and generates at a capacity of 280 kW with two turbines. At the second plant in Nalang a genera-tor with a capacity of 125 kW was put to work. The schemes also provided for twelve trans-former stations and a power grid consisting of 57 km of medium voltage cables, 35 km of low voltage cables. The combined cost of these schemes is approximately AFN 230 million (Euro 3.2 million).

The schemes were commissioned by the BMZ and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with its partners, the MEW and the DABS. The project aims to provide reliable electricity to locations along the North-East Power System (NEPS) corridor. ESRA continues to support DABS with activities such as electricity awareness campaigns, customer service centres, technical support for mainte-nance and billing to ensure the development of the capacity in DABS.

The supply of affordable electricity has already transformed the lives of people in the Yaftal district. Households are now able to use electric lighting, watch television and use other electrical appliances at their homes. Also, the rapid development of trade and economic activity in the Bazaar Ittifaq shows the immediate benefits of a reliable electricity supply. It is put to productive use at carpentries, flour mills, sewing workshops and other businesses.



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