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Power restoration to Kabul in three days: DABS

By Akhtar M. Nikad-KABUL: Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the state-owned electricity supplying company, said that 90MW electricity was restored and work is underway at Salang to repair the remaining transmission lines within next three days.

General Director of DABS, Abdul Razaq Samadi, in a press conference on Wednesday said that engineers are busy in Salang to repair the electricity transmission lines and put an end to the power outage.

He said that heavy snowfalls and cold weather were major challenges for the engineers that hampered their activities. Samadi said that four pylons had been damaged by the recent avalanches in Salang.

“During three weeks of snowfalls, our engineers were able to work only four days and restore at least 90 megawatt of electricity to Kabul City. We reduced loadshedding by 60 percent,” he said.

Samadi reiterated that DABS has made all technical and logistic arrangements in the area to rebuild the four broken pylons, however he stressed if the weather was better and calm.

He said that three weeks ago a series of avalanches damaged four pylons in Salang which resulted in serious blackout in the capital city. He went on saying that protection walls around the vulnerable pylons would be constructed in the future.

Pylons and electricity transmission lines, importing power from the neighboring Uzbekistan, were damaged at Salang due to recent avalanches and heavy snowfalls. The capital city was hit by worst blackout since damaged of the transmission lines.

According to Director of the DABS, work is in progress to expand electricity to different areas of Logar, Khust, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Zabul, Kandahar and Herat provinces. He said the company has $2.5 billion for implementation of the electricity projects in the provinces.

It is pertinent to mention that Kabul need 500MW electricity but the DABS is currently providing 260MW electricity from three different sources including imported power, hydropower dam and thermal power station.

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