The Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity supply project could not be completed on schedule due to a delay in the award of a contract for converter stations following a request from a French company. Four countries that are part of the project -- Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan -- have agreed to give relaxation in the timeframe, keeping in view the request of Alstom, a credible name and a major supplier of converter stations across the world. The Express Tribune quoted an official as saying that several interested companies, including the General Electric of the US, Siemens of Germany and Japan’s Mitsubishi, had responded to the invitation for bids. However, Alstom sought more time. Two converter stations are planned to be set up in Tajikistan and Pakistan for transmitting electricity under the Casa-1,000 project that will link Central and South Asia through an energy corridor. Invited one year ago, the bids were cancelled due to high prices quoted for setting up the converter stations, which would convert direct current into alternative current or the reverse. “A fresh process for awarding the contract is going on,” the official said. Casa-1,000 was expected to be completed by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. However, the target will be missed due to the delay in the award of tender for the setting up of converter stations. “Now, this project is likely to be ready in 2020,” the official said.
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