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Accord signed for TAP power line, to add 600 MW to grid

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: An accord for building high voltage power line to carry electricity from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan has been signed and supply to the national grid will increase by 600 megawatts, according to reports.

Afghanistan signed a project implementation agreement with Turkmenistan on Friday to build Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line. The deal was signed by representatives of energy ministries of the two counties in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan on Friday, Turkmenistan state news agency reported.

The new power transmission line will help meet Afghanistan’s crucial energy needs and stimulate economic development.

The transmission line will supply 300 megawatts each to Herat and Kandahar provinces and is set to increase to 1,000 megawatts in the future.

The signed agreement marks a new stage in implementation of a large-scale construction project of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power line and will further strengthen relations between the two states.

Afghan, Turkmen, Pakistani and Indian leaders had broken the ground for the TAP power project back in February.

The grand project will increase the export of Turkmen electricity to Afghanistan and will create new jobs in the country, contributing to the stabilization of the situation.

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