Pakistan plans to start exporting electricity to Central Asia
Apart from the transmission line, converter stations will be constructed in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
Pakistan has initiated talks for the export of electricity to the Central Asian states such as Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan by using an open access clause which is already part of the Master Agreement under the CASA-1000 project.
A senior official of Power Division stated that last week, a crucial dialogue about the export of electricity took place in Dubai between the experts of the National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) on behalf of Pakistan and experts in Tajikistan.
Previously, Tajikistan was asked by Pakistan to cite the open access clause in the agreement under the CASA-1000 project to make progress for the two-way trade of electricity. Under the existing deal, Pakistan has to import 1000 MW electricity per day, costing 9.50 cents per unit in summers, following the beginning of the project. More importantly, in any case of disruptive activity in Afghanistan, Pakistan will not have electricity transit losses.
With the surplus in electricity, Pakistan wants to export it to Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz republic by using the same structure as of CASA project during winters
The official said that Pakistan desires to export electricity, by using the open clause, to the countries which will give Pakistan electricity in summer season under CASA-1000. The whole project costs$1.17 billion for its completion and apart from the transmission line, converter stations will be constructed in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.
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