ALMATY – Ministers of Water and Energy of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan finalized the project implementation documents and made the final decision for putting the CASA 1000 in action in an intergovernmental meeting.
Based on Tajikistan’s request, the CASA 1000 Project is to be inaugurated in Tajikistan with the participation of high ranking authorities of the four countries, representatives from financial development banks, donor countries, and supporting organizations. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will participate from the Afghan Side.
CASA 1000 is a big regional project in Central Asia introduced for the first time by the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference for Afghanistan (RECCA).
The CASA 1000 Project will transfer the extra amount of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with 1250 km of high voltage cable to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This Project has two stations for changing the AC electricity to DC and vice versa in Sangtoda, Tajikistan with a capacity of 1300 MWs up to Nawshira, Peshawar. A high voltage transformer in Pul-e-Khumri will provide 300 MWs of electricity for Afghanistan and will transform electricity to Pakistan.
The total budget for this project is estimated around 1, 17 billion USD. Up to this moment, the World Bank, the United States of America, the UK, the European Investment Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank have stated their commitment for filling the financial gaps of this project.
Afghanistan will earn an equivalent of 45 million USD through power transit to Pakistan.