Afghanistan’s DABS urges World Bank to resume CASA-1000 project – DARYO.UZ – CENTRAL ASIA & AFGHANISTAN NEWS

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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) called on the World Bank to restart the unfinished work on the CASA-1000 project within Afghanistan. According to Hekmatullah Maiwandi, a spokesperson for DABS, the completion of this power project, which will channel electricity from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan, is expected to generate $70 mn.

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Maiwandi emphasized the need for the World Bank to expedite the project’s resumption. “We urge the World Bank to initiate this project swiftly to ensure it becomes operational soon,” he stated. DABS confirmed its willingness to collaborate with the World Bank to facilitate the prompt implementation of the CASA-1000 project in Afghanistan.

The CASA-1000 project is designed to transmit electricity from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. Maiwandi stressed the project’s significance not just for Afghanistan but for the entire region. The Ministry of Energy and Industry of Kyrgyzstan outlined a plan for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to begin exporting electricity to Pakistan via Afghanistan by 2025.

Former DABS head Amanullah Ghalib described CASA-1000 as a critical regional initiative. The project will involve Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as electricity exporters, Afghanistan as the transit country, and Pakistan as the energy recipient. Ghalib elaborated, “CASA-1000 is a project linking Central Asia to South Asia, transferring 1000 megawatts of electricity.”

Recent reports from Central Asian media indicate that Kyrgyzstan might export 1.25 bn kilowatt-hours of electricity to South Asia through the CASA-1000 project. This potential highlights the project’s capacity to improve energy connectivity and economic cooperation across the region.

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