Pakistan signs accord to import electric power from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif signed an agreement with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to import excess power during summer high season. The accord would allow Central Asian States to export their excess power to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The power lines will pass through Afghanistan which has provided a sovereign guarantee to ensure that there will be no disruption in power. The agreement is termed as Central Asia- South Asia 1000 (CASA-1000).

It is estimated that 1300MW of power will be provided to Pakistan during summer peak consumption season.

APP quoted Advisor to PM on Energy Dr. Musadaq Malik that the construction on the project will start in 2014 and will be completed in 2 to 3 years. He said that funding for the project will be provided by World Bank. Islamic Development Bank and Gulf Coordination Group.

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