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TUTAP should not be comprised emotionally and politically: President Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced Tuesday that Salang was chosen as the best route for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power transmission line based on development and economic rationality. He called on the people that this key project should not be compromised

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102 factories resume work in Balkh after installation of a power sub-station

A newly established power sub-station has enabled 102 factories to resume production  at the Ali Sher Nawai industrial park in northern Balkh province. According to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), the sub-station is installed at a total cost of

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TUTAP and the controversies surrounding it

The TUTAP– acronym for Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan–is a big regional project that will connect these countries through a high voltage transmission system. The project serves to import electricity from the energy rich Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where energy deficit

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Afghanistan hikes price of imported electricity by 25%

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, has hiked the price of imported electricity by 25%. DABS spokesperson Waheedullah Tawhidi said the unprecedented rise in the value of US dollar against Afghani was the main reason behind the

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Nangarhar District Agriculture Offices gets reliable power using solar energy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Capacity Building and Change Management Program II (CBCMP-II) is installing solar power systems for three District Agriculture Offices in Nangarhar that will provide renewable and uninterrupted electricity.   Reliable power at the District

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CASA-1000 power project to launch on May 12th

The much awaited Central Asia South Asia electricity import project (CASA-1000) is slated for inauguration on May 12. The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) made the announcement on Saturday and said the inauguration ceremony would take place in Tajikistan

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Turkmenistan to export electricity to Afghanistan

Afghanistan will import electricity from a 400 MW gas-fired plant which is currently being built. According to a report on the Power Engineering International (PEI) website, Turkmenistan will export electricity from the Zerger plant once it is completed. Once on

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Kabul electricity could be restored in 8 hours

Officials of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national electricity company, said on Tuesday its technical team could restore supply of electricity to Kabul in eight hours if the team was allowed to begin work in northern Baghlan province. The

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More electricity for residents in Baghlan and Kunduz

More residents in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces are finding access to electricity after extension of transmission lines and construction of substations. One out of the two areas that will have better access to electricity in the future is a new

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ADB signs $ 275mn contract with Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB signed a contract worth USD 275mn, which is part of ADB’s 1.2bn aid to Afghanistan’s energy and commerce sector. The ADB had agreed on an aid package of USD 1.2bn for the year

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Breshna Sherkat signs USD 82mn worth of contracts

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, signed two different contracts worth USD 82mn with Gammon India Ltd and SIEMENS. The contract signed with Gammon India Ltd involves extension of a 500KV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan

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Electricity rate to go up in Afghanistan due to high dollar value

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, has announced that electricity tariff would increase with effect from next month due to appreciation of the US dollar against Afghani. DABS purchases electricity from neighboring countries in US dollars but

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USD 12mn project launched to transfer electricity from Kabul to Logar

The Afghan government has launched a project worth USD 12mn to transfer electricity from capital Kabul to Logar province. The project is funded by the US Corps of Engineering and is scheduled to be completed in one year. It includes

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USAID funds thermal power projects in Jawzjan province

Work on a thermal power project that costs USD 200mn has officially begun in Jawzjan province, said officials of the Jawzjan province. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will generate electricity to five provinces.

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Jawzjan-Balkh gas pipeline to be completed in two years

Afghan Mines Minister Daud Shah Saba and local officials in Dehdad district of Jawzjan province inaugurated the construction works on a 95-km gas pipeline stretching from Dehdad to Bargah area of Balkh province. The gas pipeline is expected to meet

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DABS recovers 250mn Afghanis from defaulters

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat collects more than 250mn Afghanis from defaulters in less than two weeks. The national power utility had set a 10-day deadline for the defaulters to clear their bills otherwise their names would be revealed to the

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Afghan government focuses on construction of hydroelectric dams

The National Unity Government (NUG) looks to domestic sources of Afghanistan to achieve power sustainability. Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murrad said the government plans construct hydroelectric dams around the country to expand power generation inside the country. Currently, Afghanistan imports

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Kabul city’s power to be restored in five days

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) officials announced that Kabul’s electricity would be back in five days. Heavy snowfall in Salang destroyed electricity cables and poles that caused power outage for about a month in Kabul city. According to DABS officials,

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ADB suggests changing the CASA 1000 route

The Asian Development Bank has approached (ADB) Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, to change the path of the CASA 1000 electrical lines. The original path of the CASA 1000 project was intended to go from Kunduz

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Tajikistan supplies extra 25mn kWh of electricity this year to Afghanistan

Neighboring country Tajikistan supplied an extra 25mn kWh of electricity to Afghanistan in January 2015. Sangtuda-1 and Sangtuda-2 power networks transmitted nearly 55mn kWh of electricity to Afghanistan, 25mn kWh more than they did last year in the same period.

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DABS opens power supply substation in Nangarhar

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) established a new power supply substation in the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province, Jalalabad. The facility was inaugurated on Monday by DABS CEO, Abdul Razique Samadi in Ghuchko area of Jalalabad city. The 20-megawatt

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Electricity supply from Iran to Farah to be completed in 18 months

Engineers from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Water and Energy have completed the survey to supply electricity from Iran to Farah province. Western Farah province will receive electricity from Iran through Sistan Baluchistan in 18 months as per the agreement signed last

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Turkmenistan to increase electricity supply to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan is poised to consider proposals to increase the supply of electricity to Afghanistan. According to a statement from the Turkmen Ministry of Energy and Industry, the construction of appropriate infrastructure would enhance job opportunities in Afghan market and contribute

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Grape harvest pleases Sar-e-Pul farmers but low prices disappoint them

Farmers in Sar-e-Pul have witnessed a considerable growth in their grape production this year; however, low prices of their product in the market have disappointed them. Lack of sufficient cold storage and electricity supply has been cited as the farmers’

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CASA-1000 to bring in USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MoE) official said implementation work of the CASA-1000 project would begin in 2015. Deputy Minister Eng. Ghulam Farooq Qazi said the project would generate USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan. “We expect revenue of

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