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Work on Uzbekistan─Afghanistan power line moves forward [free access]

November 25, 2020

The state-owned power utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) of Afghanistan, has initiated the design, routing and land acquisition works of the 500 kV Surkhan-Pul-e-Khumri (Uzbekistan─Afghanistan) transmission line.


Earlier, DABS had signed an agreement with the state-owned national grid developer of Uzbekistan, JSC Uzbekenergo, for a new power transmission line that would allow Afghanistan to import electricity from Uzbekistan for the next 10 years.


The new 500 kV line will be built by an Uzbek company with funding of USD110 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The proposed line will be 260-km-long with 45 km covered under the Uzbek territory and 215 km in Afghanistan. In the first two years post commissioning, 4.25 GW of electricity per hour will be exported to Afghanistan, which will be increased by 6 GW per hour thereafter.


The total cost of the project is USD150 million, of which USD118 million will be invested by the Afghan side and USD32 million by the Uzbek side. With the implementation of this project, electricity will be provided 24 hours a day to the northern, central, southern and southwestern provinces and the capital of Afghanistan.