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 USD 65mn annually based on our calculation of 2.5 cents per kilowatt,” said Qazi.
He added the energy ministers of the concerned countries would meet in Dubai to finalize the agreement during this month.
CASA-1,000 is designed to transmit 1,300MW of surplus electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic through Afghanistan, which is going to consume 300MW, to Pakistan. The memorandum of understanding among the four governments was signed on November 16, 2007 in Kabul.
Afghanistan will get 300MW electricity annually, for 15 consecutive years by means of this project.
According to MoE officials, the project is worth USD 950mn, of which Afghanistan contributes USD 350mn through grants from World Bank.
In the meantime, a number of economic pundits have expressed concerns about the security provision for successful provision of the project.
“Afghanistan will certainly benefit from this project. It is necessary for the Afghan government to secure such routes where major infra projects are being carried out,” said Taj Mohammad Akbar.
The CASA-1000 project will include:
• 500 kV AC line from Datka (in the Kyrgyz Republic) to Khudjand (477 kilometers away, in Tajikistan)
• 1300 megawatt AC-DC Convertor Station at Sangtuda (Tajikistan)
• 750 kilometer High Voltage DC line from Sangtuda to Kabul (Afghanistan) to Peshawar (Pakistan)
• 300 megawatt Convertor Station at Kabul (with import and export capability)
• 1300 megawatt DC-AC Convertor Station at Peshawar
The long-term plan is about sustainable development, growth, and shared benefits.
Developing a strong economy with good jobs, modern infrastructure, proper social services, and inclusive growth requires a functioning electricity system. The CASA-1000 Project is an important step in building a functioning, efficient electricity system across Central Asia and South Asia. By facilitating clean power export revenues for the Central Asian countries and by alleviating electricity shortages in the South Asian countries, this project will enhance growth prospects across both regions.
The Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have put an important framework in place for making CASA-1000 a reality—the Inter-Governmental Council. 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.