Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Turkish company signs MOU for extension of Kajaki Hydropower Dam in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan and a Turkish construction company for the extension of Kajaki hydropower dam. The extension of dam would pave the way for the generation of 100 more megawatts of electricity in southern Helmand province. The Minister of Energy and Water said that 150 megawatts of electricity would be produced in total with the completion of extension works of the dam. The Minister further added that the reservoir capacity of the dam would also be expanded by billion cubic meter. This comes as the Afghan President said earlier in March that work on key infrastructure projects including construction of water dams will start in accordance with the available resources. During a meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC), President Ghani reviewed a report by the Ministry of Energy and Water regarding the construction of 29 large, medium and small water dams. The Ministry of Finance was given the task to take all necessary steps for the arrangement of funds for the said projects while the Ministry of Energy and Water was instructed to seek ways in attracting private sector investments as well for the implementation of the projects.
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