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Japan donates $5m for renewable energy

AT-KABUL: The government of Japan donated five million dollars to the ministry of energy and water to produce renewable electricity from solar and wind potentials in Herat province and feasible studies over waste water to produce biogas.

The agreement was signed by water and energy minister Ali Ahmad Osmani and representative of the UNOPS in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Osmani said that a part of the donation was allocated to conduct feasibility studies over waste water in the Microrayon area to produce biogas.

“This is the first solar and wind electricity project which would produce one megawatt electricity in Herat’s industrial parks,” he mentioned.

He termed the project vital for self-sufficiency and sustainable electricity in the country and stressed that 15,000 people would enjoy the stable electricity.

Osmani said that the power plants would be built in a year and 100 industrial parks would use sustainable electricity.

Officials in the ministry of energy and water said that two turbines of Salma hydropower dam were tested and it was expected to inaugurate in the near future with capacity of 28 megawatt power.

Japan is one of the donors which has assisted Afghanistan with $6.131 billion in infrastructures, agriculture and capacity building since 2001.

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