ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Jan. 25
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The Turkmen Energy Ministry has signed an agreement with Turkey’s Calik Holding A.S. on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) project for the construction of a power transmission line, Trend reports with reference to the Turkmenistan State News Agency.
The issues related to the line’s laying directly along the territory of Turkmenistan until the Afghan border in the direction of Mary (Turkmenistan) - Herat (Afghanistan) have been agreed upon.
The Turkish side will be represented by a subsidiary of the aforementioned holding - TAPP-500 Power Transmission Line FZE. The last document will allow beginning to develop the legal framework for business partnership.
In addition to the energy supply of all infrastructure facilities of this power line, the future power transmission line will allow exporting electricity to Pakistan and other countries of South Asia in transit through Afghanistan.
The construction of the TAP will give a powerful impetus to the economic development of the region, it will be possible to increase the level of employment of the population, to create the appropriate electricity, transport, communication and social infrastructure, the report said.
Turkmenistan is already supplying electricity to neighboring Afghanistan. The power stations and high-voltage power lines were built in Turkmenistan to increase supply volumes.
Earlier, Turkmen Ministry of Energy said that there are opportunities to transit Turkmen electricity through Afghanistan to Tajikistan, Pakistan and India.
Turkmenistan plans to generate up to 35.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity by 2030.