Turkmenistan increases electricity supplies to Afghanistan

Oil&Gas Materials 2 July 2018 10:20 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 2

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

The Turkmenenergo State Electric Power Corporation has laid a new high-voltage power line in the direction of Afghanistan, the "Neutral Turkmenistan" newspaper wrote.

This project will significantly increase the supply of electricity to Afghanistan. A total of 130 kilometers of high-voltage lines have been laid to the border with the neighbouring state.

The capacity of the "Rabadash" substation in Mary velayat (region) and "Atamyrat" substation in Lebap province of Turkmenistan has been expanded for ensuring the sustainable supply. Also, hundreds of metal and concrete supports were installed, old overhead lines were reconstructed and new overhead lines were laid, and substations and distribution systems were renovated.

Turkmenistan is a traditional supplier of electricity to Afghanistan. It was reported in 2017 that, according to the signed contract, Turkmen electricity in the amount of 700 million kilowatt-hours is sent annually to the neighboring state in two directions - through the Imamnazar-Andkhoy and Serkhetabat-Herat-Turgunda power transmission lines. It was also planned to establish cooperation for energy supplies to Badkhyz and Jowzjan provinces.

It was reported in February 2018 that, an agreement on a power transmission line (PTL) along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route was signed between the governments of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. A solemn ceremony of the commencement of the construction of this power line was held during that period. Turkish Çalyk Holding Company expressed interest in participation in the construction of this PTL, with a voltage of 500 kilovolts.