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