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Afghanistan Power System Development Project


Project Title: Afghanistan Power System Development Project

Grant Amount: US$60 million

Approval Date: March 19, 2009

Closing Date: July 31, 2013

Program Objective

The development objective of the Afghanistan Power System Development Project is to increase access to grid power and the quantity of available power to the consumers in the target areas of the urban centers at Pul-e-Khumri, Charikar, Gulbahar, and Jabul-Seraj.

Program Summary

Following a programmatic approach to rehabilitating and expanding the Afghanistan power system, the Afghanistan Power System Development Project builds and complements the investments made under the ARTF funded Kabul-Aybak-Mazar-e-Sharif Power Project and the Emergency Power Rehabilitation Project.

The project supports the Government of Afghanistan in increasing: (i) access to grid power; and (ii) the quantity of power available to consumers in the target urban centers of Pule-Khumri, Charikar, Gulbahar and Jabul-Seraj. The project is also supporting the establishment of a unit within MEW to promote energy efficiency and saving.

The project consists of the following three components: (i) Component 1: Distribution system rehabilitation in Puli-Khumri, Charikar, Gulbahar, and Jabul-Seraj; (ii) Component 2: Rehabilitation of transmission switchyards associated with Naghlu and Mahipar hydropower stations; and (iii) Component 3: Institutional capacity building of executing agencies; project management support; establishment of a unit for promotion of Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management; implementing some pilots; and collection of baseline energy usage information for the urban centers under the project.

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