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Four Energy Projects Signed to Increase National Grid Capacity

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Thursday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani participated at a ceremony, where four public-private partnership energy projects were signed between Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and the private sector at the presidential palace on Wednesday.
Presidential palace by releasing a statement reported BNA, Attaullah Naseeb, the head of Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit in his opening remarks said, “The four new power purchase agreements are some of the biggest by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which represents a total of 160 million US Dollars of investment and about 110 megawatts of generation capacity to be added to the national grid over the next 18 to 27 months.”
Dawood Noorzai, the Chief Executive of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat delivered a presentation on the projects and said, “We will transform DABS from a government-owned agency to an enterprise which focuses on customer service and customer satisfaction.”
Ross Wilson, the US Chargé d’Affaires in his remarks termed access to electricity is essential for improving the lives of the Afghan citizens and said the projects are an important part of the America’s effort to improve lives in this country and to promote economic growth.
“They reflect America’s long-term commitment here and our interest in a strong private sector that can further drive opportunities, prosperity and growth in this country,” added Ross Wilson.
The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires stressed the United States will continue to strongly support the Islamic Republic and the Afghan people toward peace and security, economic prosperity, better lives for Afghans and rights and opportunities for all.
President Ashraf Ghani in his closing remarks praised the private sector’s partnership during the spread of coronavirus and expressed satisfaction over investment in the energy sector.
He said, “This is product of a legal framework where now production, transmission and distribution all are open to the private sector.”
The president said the collaboration between the Afghan government and international partners especially USAID made the vision of a unified national grid possible.
The president talked over energy potentials of Afghanistan from hydro, solar and wind, and said Afghanistan wants to become the roundabout of energy and a hub of production and green energy.
“Without reliable affordable energy we cannot become an exporting country,” added the president while calling energy ‘the infrastructure of infrastructure’. The PPP projects will be funded jointly by private investors developers and the USAID and provide a 110 megawatts of electric power for one million Afghan citizens and their businesses.

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