Energy ministers meet on CASA-1000 in Paris
KABUL (Pajhwok): Energy ministers from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and representatives of financial organizations on Saturday met to discuss the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project in Paris, the French capital.
The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water in a statement said the meeting discussed issues concerning the project security and technical and logistical aspects.
From Afghanistan, Energy and Water Minister Ali Ahmad Usmani headed the Afghan delegation that included Hamayoon Qayumi, presidential advisor, Mustafa Mastoor, deputy finance minister, Masood Azizi, deputy minister of interior, and Qudratullah Dilwari, Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat (DABS) director general.
The statement said there were discussions about drawing the attention of private companies during the meeting. Practical work on the project was shared and discussed with international companies including Siemens, ABB, GE, CEEG and TBEA.
Meanwhile, representatives from Afghanistan and Tajikistan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also held talks on various topics such as Sabzawar dam of Tajikistan, the country’s electricity price imported to Afghanistan and views were exchanged regarding USAID-funded development projects.
The MoEW statement provided no details about the outcome of the negotiations with international companies.
The next CASA-1000 meeting is set to be held in Dubai of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The CASA-100 is a $1.16 billion, half of which provided by World Bank, project currently under construction that will allow for the export of surplus hydroelectricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan.
Groundbreaking for the project took place on May 12, 2016 in Tajikistan in a ceremony attended by the Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Pakistani Prime Ministers.
The high voltage power line with a total length of 1250 kilomteres would be extended to Pakistan through Afghanistan and Afghanistan will receive 300 MW of electricity and Pakistan 1000 MW.
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