Afghanistan, Pakistan considering 1,500 MW hydropower plant

Council members and residents in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province have said they are interested in supporting a new hydropower project along the Kunar River that was recently proposed by Afghan and Pakistani ministers.

As part of a trade cooperation pact signed earlier this month, Afghanistan and Pakistan would construct a 1,500 MW hydroelectric plant and dam along the river, strengthening the economies of both countries.

Officials said a second 300 MW project could be constructed downstream on the Kunar River near Sagai. reported in July that the Afghanistan government had invited expressions of interest from companies interested in rehabilitating the 100-MW Naghlu hydropower project, which is located on the Kabul River.

The Naghlu rehabilitation project is being financed by the World Bank, which has previously said it would help support the development of the Kunar River project.

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