CASA-1000 power project to be launched in May
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Central Asia South Asia electricity import project CASA-1000 would be inaugurated on May 12 by government leaders in Tajikistan, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Saturday.
Technical level issues concerning the project have been resolved between energy and water ministers of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Pakistan at a meeting in the Kazakh city of Almaty, a statement from the MoFA said.
The ground-breaking ceremony of the long-awaited project would take place in Tajikistan in the presence of partner countries heads of state and representatives of the fund providing organizations.
According to the MoFA statement, Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah would represent Afghanistan in the ground-breaking event.
CASA-1000, a $1.17bn project, would supply surplus central Asian power in summers to energy hungry Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The high voltage direct current transmission lines are expected to commence from Sangtuda in Tajikistan and will pass through Kunduz, Pul-i-Khumri, Kabul and Jalalabad in Afghanistan and end up in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.
The total length of the transmission lines is estimated to be 750km, 16pc of which would pass through Tajikistan, 75pc through Afghanistan and 9pc through Pakistan.
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