The tripartite power project of 500-KV line which was signed between the heads of three states (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Islamic Republic of Pakistan) on 13 December 2015 in Mary, Turkmenistan held its first introductory meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on 12th April 2016.
The meeting conducted at the side of Energy Sector Coordination Committee (ESCC) meeting which was scheduled by Asian Development Bank (ADB) from 11 to 13 April 2016 in Islamabad. The parties discussed about the formation of technical working groups, conducting preliminary studies, power purchase and agreement, methodology, legislation, primary cross border interconnection, parameters and design of inter-country connection and construction of infrastructure.
ADB vowed to establish project secretariat and provide technical assistance, including project assessment, feasibility study, technical design and other project preparation. ADB is also determined to coordinate project planning, facilitate energy trade negotiation among three countries and finalize the project implementation roadmap. The three parties agreed to nominate their focal points for the TAP working group meetings.
According to the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the 500 – KV power will be produced in Turkmenistan and exported/transited to Pakistan through Afghanistan.
Afghanistan stands to benefit not only from an added power source, reducing its power shortages, but from the transit of power through its territory.
This project, along with more popular TAPI and CASA projects, will tie the region closer together, reaping financial, socio-economic, political and security benefits for the people of the three countries, in particular, and the region, in general.