Central Asia & Caucasus

Agreement on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power line project implementation signed

The Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and TAPP-500 Power Transmission Line FZE, a subsidiary of Turkey’s Çalik Holding A.Ş., on January 24 signed an agreement on cooperation in implementing the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line project, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

This meeting was organized with the aim to develop a legal framework for partnership for the construction of a 220 kW power line. The parties agreed on issues related to the laying of a transnational energy line through Turkmenistan to the Turkmen-Afghan border in the direction of the Mary Power Station (Turkmenistan)-the city of Herat (Afghanistan).

In addition to energy supply to all infrastructure facilities along a section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline which is currently under construction, the future power transmission line will provide the opportunity to export Turkmen electricity to Pakistan and other countries of South Asia with transit through Afghanistan. A TAP fiber-optic line will also go along the same route, which, along with the development of the information and communication network between the three countries, will help in strengthening integration processes in this part of the Asian region.

The construction of the TAP will give a powerful impetus to the economic development of the region.

The interaction between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in the energy sector is increasing. For many years, the Afghan people have been using Turkmen electricity mainly on favorable terms. In order to increase its exports to the fraternal state, new power stations are built and power lines are laid in Turkmenistan.

Source: Times of Central Asia

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