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Afghanistan Can Generate 23,000 Megawatts Of Hydroelectric Power

KABUL: Afghanistan has the capacity of generating more than 23,000 megawatt of hydroelectric power from domestic resources, says President Ashraf Ghani’s advisor on infrastructure Humayoun Qayoumi.

Under the government’s energy projects and programs, dams in the country will in the future be built on a zonal basis for the better utilization of country’s water resources.

Qayoumi made the remarks during the second Presidential Palace and Citizen Debate. He said that the government also plans to start a new 500 megawatt solar project and to start work on three coal power generation projects.

“With the commisioning of this program, we want to institutionalize democracy in the country. In the future, we will try to focus on research programs and ask for more views from the audience who monitor the debate from outside.” said president Ashraf Ghani’s advisor Farkhunda Zahra Naderi.

“One of the important points raised by the President was to focus on the management of waters in zones as the Helmand river zone, the Kabul river zone, the Harirod river zone and the Amur river zone which will help us to construct dams gradually and to utilize our waters.” Said Qayoumi.

Currently Afghanistan has the capacity of producing only 500 megawatt of electricity despite the country abundance of natural resources.

The debate was attended by sixty university students and university lecturers.

Qayoumi said that the agreement on the establishment of CASA-1000 project will be started in a month.

Overview of CASA-1000:

The CASA-1000 project will include:

  • A 500 kV AC line from Datka (in the Kyrgyz Republic) to Sugd-500 (477 kilometers away, in Tajikistan)
  • A 1,300 megawatt AC-DC Convertor Station at Sangtuda (Tajikistan)
  • A 750 kilometer High Voltage DC line from Sangtuda (Tajikistan) to Nowshera (Pakistan)
  • A 1,300 megawatt DC-AC Convertor Station at Nowshera

The CASA-1000 project will start from Kyrgyzstan and it will 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.

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