Pakistan to import electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan signed an agreement to import Thirteen Hundred Megawatt (1300 MW) electricity from Republic of Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to overcome the country’s energy shortages.

The project named CASA-1000 was signed in a two-day meeting of inter-governmental Council of Central Asia South Asia (CASA) Transmission and Trade project by Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan generate a surplus of electricity during the summer season which these countries can not use or store. On the other hand, Pakistan has been facing severe electric power shortages for a long time.

The CASA-1000 project will be a source of clean and renewable energy for Pakistan to meet its longstanding energy shortages.

The work on the project will start next year and it will take 2-3 years to complete. The World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Gulf Coordination Group have promised to support the project.

Speaking to the media, Ismail Khan, Minister for Energy and Water of Afghanistan said the project would strengthen bilateral ties between the four nations and it will boost their economies.