Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 24
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are discussing the possibility of increasing the volume of Turkmen electricity supplied to the neighboring country, Trend reports with reference to the local TV channel Altyn Asyr.
Negotiations on this issue have recently taken place in Herat city. The sides were discussing laying an additional power line from the Turkmen-Afghan border to the city of Andkhoy, as well as laying a power line between the Afghan settlements of Khamyap and Garkin.
Following the talks, a protocol of intention was signed between the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and the Afghan state corporation "Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat".
“Turkmenistan is consistently increasing supply of electricity to Afghanistan,” the Turkmenistan State News Agency reported. “It is noteworthy that power transmission lines on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route will also stretch along the route of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline which is under construction.”
The newspaper Watan notes that at a government meeting, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Charymyrat Purchekov spoke of the measures being taken to implement the project to create a ring power system in the country.
For many years Afghanistan has been receiving electricity and liquefied gas from Turkmenistan at preferential prices in the direction of the Imamnazar-Andkhoy and Serhetabat-Herat power transmission lines. A year ago, the Rabatkashan-Kalainau border power line was commissioned to supply Turkmen electricity to the northern regions of Afghanistan.
In line with the Program of Social and Economic Development of Turkmenistan, the total volume of electricity produced in the country in the next seven years is planned to increase to 33 billion kilowatt-hours.