Work on 95km Jawzjan-Balkh gas pipeline launched
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Construction works on a 95-kilometre gas pipeline project stretching from northern Jawzjan to Balkh province was launched on Thursday.
Mines Minister Daud Shah Saba inaugurated the project in the presence of local officials in the Kod Barq area of Dehdad district between the two provinces.
Saba said the 95-km long pipeline would be completed over the next two year with funds from the Ministry of Mines. He said the gas from Shiberghan fields would be used to generate power for industries in Balkh.
He said the Kod Barq fertiliser production plant, the glass-making factory and the Ghazanfar Group of Companies would be supplied electricity to be produced from the natural gas.
Balkh Technical and Sectorial director Zabihullah Akhari, who attended the ceremony, told Pajhwok Afghan News the pipeline had been started two years ago from Shiberghan, the capital of Jawzjan, to Balkh province and completed nearly 50 kilometres till Bargah area of Balkh.
He said today they inaugurated the construction of the pipeline from Dehdad to the Bargah area to complete it.
He said Balkh imported electricity from neighbouring Uzbekistan, but the supply did not meet the needs of factories.
In order to develop local industries, he said, it was essential to produce power from natural gas.
He said completion of the pipeline project would help overcome electricity deficit currently being faced by the fertiliser plant.
The gas from Shiberghan would be mostly used for producing electricity for supply to industries, Akhtari said.
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