CASA-1000 profitable for Afghanistan's economy and security
Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) official said Afghanistan could avail itself of the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity transmission project to develop its economic and security sectors.
CASA-1000 is designed to transmit 1,300MW of surplus electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic through Afghanistan to Pakistan.
Afghanistan would get to consume 300MW of electricity for 15 consecutive years by means of this project, and would also generate revenue from transit charges and other privileges.
Eng. Naeemullah, advisor to the MoEW, said the project could put an end to the security issues with neighboring countries. Afghanistan would have the privilege to switch off the electricity, if a neighboring country interferes in Afghanistan’s affairs. Hence, the project would have a positive impact on joint efforts with Pakistan on strengthening security and peace.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan and Pakistan was signed on 16 November 2007 in Kabul.
In addition to the commitment of these four countries, CASA-1000 has the support of the World Bank Group, Islamic Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US State Department, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and other donor communities.
The realization of this ambitious project will deliver reliable, affordable electricity to parts of the world that desperately need it—in summer and winter.
The transmission lines would pass through Kunduz, Baghlan, Kabul and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan.
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