Afghanistan names engineer for 100-MW Naghlu rehab

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water has named Fichtner GmbH &Co. KG of Germany to provide supervisory engineering for refurbishment of the 100-MW Naghlu hydroelectric project.

Fichtner received a US$1.49 million contract under an emergency power rehabilitation project to oversee rehab of Naghlu, 50 miles east of Kabul on Afghanistan’s Kabul River.

Russian hydro equipment supplier Technopromexport previously was awarded a US$32 million contract to carry out extensive refurbishment of Naghlu’s four 25-MW turbines, generators, valves, and control, regulation, and protection equipment. (HNN 9/1/06) The work is to require 40 months.

Technopromexport built Naghlu in 1967-1978 with assistance from the then-Soviet Union.

The World Bank, which funded the Naghlu work, is considering additional aid to Afghanistan related to the project. The bank’s International Development Association has been conducting pre-appraisal of a proposal to provide US$3.6 million to prepare a carbon finance operation for Naghlu.

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