AES Corp. of the United States has received a contract to perform a feasibility study of the proposed Central Asia Power Development project involving delivery of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan power to markets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) awarded an US$800,000 grant to Tajikistan to help pay for the US$1.4 million study. AES is to cost share US$640,475 to complete the study.
The study, one of several initiatives to set up Central and South Asia power trading, intends to help develop hydropower in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and coal-fired power in Kazakhstan to better integrate regional power resources and address shortages in Afghanistan and Pakistan (HNN 1/24/07)
TDA estimated the project eventually will lead to work costing US$1.45 billion, including construction of 1,660 kilometers of new and rehabilitated transmission lines and the construction of one or more hydropower plants in Tajikistan totaling between 300 and 1,000 MW.