CASA - 1000: Pakistan to import 1000MW electricity from Kyrgyzstan

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CASA - 1000: Pakistan to import 1000MW electricity from Kyrgyzstan

ISLAMABAD - The CASA-1000 project will start from Kyrgyzstan and reach Afghanistan through Tajikistan and onward to Pakistan’s Peshawar city. The length of the project in Afghanistan is estimated to eventually run for 562km.

The project will produce 1,300 megawatts of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan will receive 300 megawatts of power and the remaining one thousand megawatts will be transited to Pakistan via Afghanistan.

Afghanistan will receive $50 million USD yearly for the transit of power and in addition to this Afghanistan’s strategic location in terms of transit will be highlighted in Asia.

Moreover, infrastructure projects valued at $40 million USD will be implemented alongside the power lines and employment opportunities will be provided for the locals.

The CASA-1000 Project is an important step in building a functioning, efficient electricity system across Central Asia and South Asia.

By facilitating clean power export revenues for the Central Asian countries and by alleviating electricity shortages in the South Asian countries, this project will enhance growth prospects across both regions.

This project demonstrates landmark cooperation among the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The modern and efficient CASA-1000 electricity transmission system will help transform the region and signify an important step toward realizing the planned Central Asia-South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM). The CASAREM initiative will help not only these four countries but also improve the electrical systems and develop inter-regional cooperation between Central Asia and South Asia.

The CASA-1000 project will include:

• 500 kV AC line from Datka (in the Kyrgyz Republic) to Sugd-500 (477 kilometers away, in Tajikistan) • 1,300 megawatt AC-DC Converter Station at Sangtuda (Tajikistan) • 750-kilometer High Voltage DC line from Sangtuda (Tajikistan) to Nowshera (Pakistan) • 1,300 megawatt DC-AC Converter Station at Nowshera