Tajikistan will be able to import Turkmen electricity through Afghanistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 6
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
The implementation of the energy projects, in particular, the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan power transmission line is on the agenda of cooperation with Tajikistan, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
The president made the remarks during his official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan from May 5 to May 6, a message from Turkmen government said on May 6.
"With this regard, the Turkmen president expressed readiness of his country to objectively consider all the existing opportunities," the government message said.
The new power plants that are under construction in Turkmenistan's Lebap and Mary provinces will ensure a fivefold increase in the volume of electricity supplied to Afghanistan.
"If Tajikistan shows interest, Turkmen electricity can be delivered to this country though Afghanistan in the autumn/winter season," the government message said.
Electricity is one of the leading branches of Turkmenistan's economy. Currently, the work on expanding exports to Iran and Turkey is underway. The possibilities of its transportation to Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Caucasian countries are being studied.
Turkmenistan follows the approved concept of development of the country's electricity industry for the period until 2020 that envisages a $5 billion investment in the industry.
Turkmenistan plans to increase the volume of electricity generation to 27.4 billion kilowatt hours by 2020 and to 35.5 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.