Iran accused of violating power deal with Afghanistan
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Iran is violating an agreement on electricity export and installing a power transformer in Afghanistan, officials in western Herat province alleged on Wednesday.
The Breshna Shirkat for Herat blamed Iran for failing to implement the deal signed last year on exporting 132 kilowatts of electricity and increasing supply to the province by 36 percent.
Based on the agreement, Wahid Kamrani told Pajhwok Afghan News, energy-deficient Afghanistan had paid $6 million in advance to Iran in return for the electricity import.
“The power import project had to be completed on December 21, 2015, but Iran sought a month-long extension, citing inclement weather conditions,” he said. Despite the passage of that one month, the project is yet to be completed.
Kamrani accused Iran’s Ministry of Energy of making excuses, whenever contacted by the Breshna Shirkat on the issue. Electricity shortage in Herat would have ended if Iran had executed the project, he claimed.
Meanwhile, Iranian Consul General Mahmood Afkhami Rashidi said since he had no information about the project, he could not comment on the issue.
Local officials say Herat currently imports 120 megawatts of electricity from Iran and 20 megawatts from Turkmenistan.
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