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About possibilities to enhance electricity exports from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan
A regular meeting of the technical working group under the project for increasing electricity exports from Turkmenistan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was conducted in Ashgabat on January 24. The high-ranking officials and specialists of the both countries and a potential investor the Asian Development Bank, which is viewed as, who would finance Afghanistan’s project component, were represented at the meeting.
Afghanistan is one of the major importers of Turkmen electric power. Today, Afghan consumers receive electric power from Turkmenistan via two lines: Serhetabat-Herat and Mary power station-Andhoi-Shirbigan.
It is planned to reconstruct power generating units at the Mary State Power Plant and build a 500-power transmission line from the Mary power station to the Turkmen-Afghan border that will enable to increase electricity exports eastwards.
The representative of the Asian Development Bank said that the Bank intended to explore the possibility to finance Afghanistan’s component of the project.
Besides, with the view of enhancing Turkmenistan’s export potential high-voltage lines to supply power to neighboring Iran and transit to Turkey will be built.
For developing its electric power industry Turkmenistan adopts the best and most advanced in the world, and participants of the 4thInternational Exhibition "The Basic Trends of Development of the Electric Power Industry of Turkmenistan 2011",will again reassure themselves in Ashgabat, on 8-10 September 2011, on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan.
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