"Tajikistan to Export Electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan"
|Tajikistan.NewEurasia.net / Posted by Vadim | in Economy | on June 19th, 2006 http://tajikistan.neweurasia.net/2006/06/19/tajikistan-to-export-electricity-to-afghanistan-and-pakistan/|
Hydropower industry for Tajikistan is one of the main sectors of economy. It is the only sector of the economy which properly functions and has a huge capacity for development. In terms of clean and fresh water Tajikistan is one of the richest countries in the world. Water gives an opportunity for Tajikistan to generate electric power for the whole Central Asian region, but the lack of investments suspends the process of development. There are a lot of countries, which are interested in development of this sector of economy, among them are Russia, China and Iran.
Unites States were always far from this issue but the situation is changing now because ‘one of the largest American energy companies, AES Corporation plans to invest $1 billion for realization of power supply project from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was reported by vice president of AES, Dale Perry on the press-conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “During the first stage of the project it is planned to build a power transmission line from Tajikistan to Afghanistan for 220 kilowatts; on second stage – power transmission line fro 50 kilowatts from Kyrgyzstan through Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan; on third stage – two new hydroelectric power stations in Tajikistan.” – reported Dale Perry’
It is the positive outcome of the Power, Transit and Trade International conference which took place in Turkey. During this conference ‘Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed quadrilateral agreement on implementation of power supply project from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Mineral Minister, Afghan Minister for Energy and Water, Pakistan Minister for Energy and US Deputy Minister for Trade and Development attended the conference.’
I think this agreement was signed by the recommendations from Washington D.C. Otherwise there was no reason to sign it, because none of the above mentioned countries are financially able to handle such a big project, even if they do it with joint efforts. The AES Corporation acts as the agent of US Ministry for Trade and Development, which will facilitate the realization of the agreement on implementation of power supply project from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. This project will be a great contribution to the development of Afghanistan, which has become a headache for the US.
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