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Work on CASA 1000 in Afghanistan to begin in April 2019 [free access]

April 9, 2019

As per reports, works on the CASA 1000 project are expected to begin simultaneously in three different provinces of Afghanistan in April 2019.


The transmission project aims to facilitate the trade of 1,300 MW of electricity among four countries—Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan and Pakistan, involving surplus energy from hydroelectric power projects in the former two countries to the power-deficit Pakistan (1,000 MW) and Afghanistan (300 MW). Afghanistan’s Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Joint Stock Company National Electric Grid of Kyrgyzstan (NEGK), National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) Limited of Pakistan and Open Joint Stock Holding Company Barki Tajik of Tajikistan, are the developers of this project.


The key components of the USD1.2 billion project are a 477-km-long, 500 kV high voltage alternate current (HVAC) line from Datka (Kyrgyz Republic) to Khudjand (Tajikistan); a 1,300 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter in Tajikistan (at Sangtuda); a 1,300 MW converter station at Nowshera in Pakistan; and a 765-km, ±500 kV HVDC transmission line connecting Sangtuda with Nowshera, via Afghanistan.


Afghanistan’s 563-km long section of the HVDC line begins at the Sherkhan Bandar border with Tajikistan and ends at the Torkham border with Pakistan. India-based engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) majors Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) and KEC International Limited are implementing Afghanistan’s section of the project. Works in Afghanistan are expected to be commissioned by mid-2022.


The implementation of the component in Afghanistan will cost USD460 million, of which the World Bank will finance USD360 million while the government will provide the remaining USD80 million.


The project has also received financial aid from other funding institutions such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).