Turkmen energy companies lay power cable to Afghanistan

Dec 10, 2003 01:00 AM

Turkmenistani energy companies have completed the construction of the Serkhetabad (formerly Kushka)-Gerat power cable.
A source in the republic's government told that "specialists from the state concern Turkmenenergogurlushyk have laid a 102 km line, which will resolve the problem of external energy supply to the Afghan province of Gerat. This will result in an increase in Turkmenistani electricity supplies to Afghanistan of 100 % to 200 mm kWh per annum.”

The republic's national development program states that "the development of electricity companies in the period until 2020 will be aimed sat fully meeting Turkmenistan's requirements and also at expanding exports to countries such as Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and states in Central Asia."
Turkmenistan and Iran signed a long-term agreement in September on supplies of electricity amounting to a total of $ 500 mm. On March 7, 2002 Turkmenistani President Saparmurat Niyazov and Hamid Kharazi, head of the interim Afghan government,signed documents dealing with the construction of two power cables. The first -- Imamnazar-Andkhoi-Shibirgan-Mazar-Sharif -- was built in the first half of 2002.

In the future Turkmenistan plans to build a large power cable to Kabul and Kandagar, and onwards to Pakistan and India.
Niyazov also said that the export price for consumers in Afghanistan has been reduced from 3 cents to 2 cents per kWh.

Source: Interfax Information Services
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