Afghan power import from Uzbekistan set to rise

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:24 Written by  Heart of Asia Published in Economy Read 142 times

Uzbekistan is all poised to launch work on a major project that will boost power exports to energy-deficient Afghanistan by 70 percent.
Construction of the Afghan section of the 260-kilometer transmission line between Uzbekistan’s Surkhan region and Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, will start in June.
The Asian Development Bank has pledged $70 million for the project, which is expected to cost $150 million. Uzbekistan will chip in with $32 million, according to Eurasianet.
Uzbek energy Chief Executive Ulugbek Mustafayev was quoted as saying that the transmission line would help Tashkent export up to 24 million kilowatt hours to Afghanistan daily.
President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Tashkent in December lent the project fresh impetus. A month later, his Uzbek counterpart ordered a cut in the rate of power exports to Afghanistan.

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