Afghanistan, Tajikistan plan 1,000-MW Pyandzh River project

Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon says Tajikistan and Afghanistan have agreed to build a 1,000-MW hydroelectric project on the Pyandzh River.

Interfax news service quoted the president’s press service saying Rakhmon met August 3 with Afghan Energy Minister Muhammad Ismail Khan.

The parties agreed to initiate a feasibility study of the hydropower plant on the Pyandzh, which forms part of the border between the two countries. The Pyandzh River project is expected to produce 4 billion kWh annually.

The parties also agreed to seek investors for a 4,000-MW Dashtidzhum hydroelectric project on the Pyandzh. The US$3 billion project is expected to generate 16.1 billion kWh annually.

The governments hope to obtain project funding from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and other donor countries supporting post-war rebuilding of Afghanistan.

The governments of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan are cooperating to develop the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market with assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank. (HNN 8/6/07) That project initially calls for export of 1,000 MW of hydropower from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan via Afghanistan to Pakistan.

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