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Turkish company to extend Kajaki dam

AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Energy and Water on Tuesday signed the contract of the Kajaki hydropower dam extension with a Turkish company.

Minister of Energy and Water Ali Ahmad Osmani said that the dam would produce 150 megawatts of electricity after its extension.

“The reservoir capacity of the dam would also be expanded by billion cubic meters,” he said.

The minister added that after the extension, the dam would produce more energy than the newly inaugurated Salma Dam in Herat province.

The Kajaki Dam is on the Helmand River, 160 kilometers from Kandahar province. Currently the dam provides electricity and irrigates farmland in the area.

This is yet another milestone, as recently President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, also known as Salma Dam, the biggest project funded by Indian government in western Herat province.

Initial and basic works of the dam developed during the then-president Hamid Karzai’s tenure, who attracted New Delhi’s attention to the project. The dam is planned to generate 42 megawatts of electricity, which is conserved to play key role in the home-make power project.

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