Turkmenistan, Afghanistan agree on electricity supply
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 28
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have reached an agreement on supplying electricity from Turkmenistan in 2018-2027 and increasing the electricity export volume by four times during the mentioned period, said the message from Turkmen government.
The ceremony of signing the corresponding protocol of the meeting between the leaderships of Turkmenistan's Energy Ministry and Afghanistan's Ministry of Energy and Water Resources took place with participation of Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov and special representative of Afghan president for the CIS countries Mohammad Shaker Kargar.
It is planned to increase the electricity production and export in Turkmenistan in 2015 to 21.9 billion kilowatt hours and 2.89 billion kilowatt hours, respectively, the country's Energy Ministry earlier said.
The work on improving the country's electricity supply and increasing electricity export volume will be continued, said the ministry.
To this end, in 2015, it is planned to start the construction of Watan and Zerger gas turbine power plants in Lebap province and complete the construction of the power plant with the capacity of 504.4 megawatt in Derweze district of Akhal province.
Electricity supply is one of the leading sectors of the national economy of Turkmenistan, which aims to fully meet the demands of industry, agriculture, social sector of Turkmenistan, as well as increasing the volume of exports. Currently, the purchasers of Turkmen electricity are Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.