Russia urged to join CASA-1,000 power project
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Russian has welcome Pakistan’s proposal to join the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA) 1,000-megawatt power project, signaling its interest in becoming part of the transnational energy plan.
The interconnection offers an opportunity to resolve Afghanistan’s power 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.
Russia’s Deputy Minister for Energy Yuri Sentyurin, currently on a visit to Islamabad, said: “Russian companies have a rich experience in the energy sector...”
At a meeting on Thursday, Pakistan invited Russia to join the project for the transmission of thermal energy from October till May, a time window when hydel generation is lower in the two Central Asian countries.
Sentyurin conferred on the suggestion during his meeting with Water and Power Ministry Secretary Muhammad Younus Dagha.
Under the CASA-1000 project, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will transmit their hydel electricity through the transmission line to Pakistan during the summer months; from May to October.
But from October to April, the line would be available to transmit Russian thermal energy, Dagha said, adding Russia could avail the period to transmit thermal energy.
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