Turkmenistan asked to join CASA 1,000 power project
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): RejectingTurkmenistan’s suggestion to build a separate transmission line, Pakistanhas asked the former Soviet republic to join the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA) 1,000-megawatt power project.
The interconnection offers an opportunity to resolve Afghanistan’spower deficiency and contribute to its stability and growth. The project will bring 1,300 megawatts of surplus electricity in summer from Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Under the project, Pakistan has to pay transmission line charges to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. If the transmission line is used in winter, when electricity will not be available from these sources, the charges will come down.
The Express Tribune quoted an official as saying: “The proposal to build a separate transmission line osnot good as Turkmenistan’s electricity production is based on gas consumption, which will be expensive for Pakistan.”
The plan will replace expensive oil-based electricity in Pakistan and Afghanistan and help transform the war-torn country into a viable transit nation.
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