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Afghan power project: Payments to US firm questioned

Afghan power project: Payments to US firm questioned

Aug 01, 2018 - 08:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A US firm working on a power project in Afghanistaninfo-icon received $1,313,191 in ineligible costs, an American newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Kansas City Star, citing federal audits it obtained, said the Black & Veatch company received the payments that were prohibited by the contract.

Auditors, who scrutinised more than $1.3 million that Overland Park-based Black & Veatch received in reimbursements, recommended the firm return the money.

For its part, the company said it had returned $2,700 after a USAIDinfo-icon review of the audit, which had contracted Black & Veatch.

The contract was awarded in 2010 to work on the Kandahar Power Initiative, later renamed the Kandahar Helmand Power Project. The project was aimed to improve the South East Power System and connect it to other grids.

The scheme was a critical component of Washington’s counterinsurgency strategy in southern Afghanistan, according to the SIGAR-commissioned audit.

“In all, the audit questioned $1,350,382 that Black & Veatch received, mostly consisting of the $1.31 million reimbursement the audit thought improper,” the daily said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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