The implementation of the CASA-1000 power project will accelerate the implementation of big projects and play a role towards promoting a better security situation in the countries of the region, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) officials said.
DABS head, Amanullah Ghalib, said by the implementation of the project, Afghanistan will not only receive money for power transmission but make it possible for the country to buy electricity at a lower cost. The project will help Afghanistan expand its transit and trade ties with the region’s countries.
The CASA-1000 project will start from Kyrgyzstan and reach Afghanistan through Tajikistan and onward to Pakistan’s Peshawar city. The length of the project in Afghanistan is estimated to eventually run for 562km.
“Aside from CASA-1000’s transit benefit, it has social, economic and political benefits. The electricity price will get lower and we can buy more electricity. It also will affect Afghanistan security,” said Ghalib.
The project will produce 1,300 megawatts of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan will receive 300 megawatts of power and the remaining one thousand megawatts will be transited to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
“Professional and committed people should be assigned to the project to make sure the projects progress correctly,” economic affairs analyst Abdul Wasi Haidari said.
Afghanistan will receive $50 million USD yearly for the transit of power and in addition to this Afghanistan’s strategic location in terms of transit will be highlighted in Asia.
Moreover, infrastructure projects valued at $40 million USD will be implemented alongside the power lines and employment opportunities will be provided for the locals.