Turkmenistan begins construction of power transmission line to Afghanistan

Construction Materials 3 February 2020 14:34 (UTC +04:00)
Turkmenistan begins construction of power transmission line to Afghanistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Feb. 3

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

Construction of a power transmission line along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route has kicked off in the Mary region of Turkmenistan, Trend reports referring to the Altyn Asyr national TV channel.

The first stage of the project includes construction of power lines from Mary power plant to the Afghan city of Herat. It is planned to complete the work on this section in August 2021.

This project is being implemented on the basis of an agreement signed by the Turkmen Energy Ministry with a subsidiary Calik Holding A.S. (Turkey) - TAPP-500 Power Transmission Line FZE company.

In addition to energy supply for all infrastructure facilities of this main pipeline, the future power transmission line will provide the opportunity to export electricity to Pakistan and other countries of South Asia in transit through Afghanistan, the report said.

The construction of the TAP will give a powerful impetus to the economic development of the region, and will contribute to resolving issues of a social and humanitarian nature, the Turkmenistan State News Agency reported.

Turkmenistan is already supplying electricity to neighboring Afghanistan. The power stations and high-voltage power lines were built in Turkmenistan to increase supply volumes.

Turkmenistan plans to generate up to 35.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity by 2030.