En­ergy Ties

Uzbek­istan plans to com­plete the con­struc­tion of its new sec­tion of the Surkhan - Puli-Khumri trans­mis­sion line in De­cem­ber 2019.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - REGIONS -

The repub­lic has al­ready be­gun to build a new line. Its to­tal length will be about 260 km, of which 45 km is on the ter­ri­tory of Uzbek­istan and 215 in in Afghanistan.

The agree­ment on the con­struc­tion of trans­mis­sion lines was signed dur­ing the visit of the head of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani to Uzbek­istan last De­cem­ber. The project pay­back pe­riod is 12 years. The ca­pac­ity of the line will be 1000 MW, that is, it will be pos­si­ble to trans­fer more than 24 mil­lion kW / h per day. Con­struc­tion fi­nanc­ing will be pro­vided by the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank.

The to­tal cost of the project is $ 150 mil­lion, of which $ 118 mil­lion is in­vested by the Afghan side, and $ 32 mil­lion by the Uzbek side.

The com­mis­sion­ing of the new line will bring the vol­ume of ex­port of Uzbek elec­tric­ity to Afghanistan to 8 bil­lion kW / h per year. In ad­di­tion, it will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to join Afghanistan to the sin­gle en­ergy ring of Cen­tral Asia.

To­day, Uzbek­istan is one of the main sup­pli­ers of elec­tric­ity for Afghanistan, where there is an acute short­age of elec­tric­ity. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Afghan side ear­lier in the course of the ne­go­ti­a­tions have re­peat­edly stated that due to the growth in con­sump­tion, they in­tend to fur­ther in­crease the purchases of Uzbek en­ergy.

Our repub­lic has been sup­ply­ing elec­tric­ity to Afghanistan since 2002 un­der an­nu­ally con­cluded di­rect con­tracts tak­ing into ac­count the needs of this coun­try. In 2002, sup­plies amounted to only 62 mil­lion kW / h. Ev­ery year this vol­ume in­creased to 200 mil­lion kW / h. In 2018, a con­tract was signed for the sup­ply of ap­prox­i­mately 2 bil­lion kWh of elec­tric­ity.

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