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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan sign 4GW interconnector framework

CTBR Staff Writer Published 28 February 2018

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan have signed a framework for the construction of a 4GW interconnector project between the three countries.

This agreement is expected to pay the way for long-term power supply to support Afghanistan’s energy requirements. Besides, it will allow power trade and exchange among three nations.

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) Power Interconnection Project will include building 500km of 500kV transmission line. Once completed, the project will be able to transmit up to 4GW of power from Turkmenistan into Afghanistan and Pakistan.

TAP is expected to be completed in two concurrent phases.

The first phase of the project will use the existing infrastructure under the ADB-financed Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) power interconnection project that aims to export power from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

The second phase, which will be completed by 2022, will transfer power from Turkmenistan through the border of Serhetabad in Turkmenistan and Torghundy into Herat, Kandahar, and Spin Boldak in Afghanistan and export to Chaman and Quetta in Pakistan.

ADB Afghanistan country director Samuel Tumiwa said: “TAP power interconnection project is not only a good mechanism for strengthening partnerships and enabling power trade among the three countries, but it also shows the desire of the countries for peace, stability, and economic development.”

As an anchor development partner in the energy sectors of the three countries, ADB is expected to continue to play its facilitation role including assisting in the preparation of analytical studies for systems stability, reliability, and grid interconnection; and studies for regulatory and legal, technical, commercial, and systems dispatch.

Besides, it will also help coordinate project planning and the provision of financing; facilitate energy trade negotiations among the three countries.

Image: Pakistan Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan, Turkmenistan Minister of Energy Charymyrat Purchekov and Afghanistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani at the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Afghanistan Presidential Palace.