Tajikistan has reportedly increased the volume of its supply of electricity, as the country in the previous month supplied about 2.6 million kilowatt-hour (KWH) of electricity to Afghanistan.
According to reports, the flowage of the Vakhsh River not only provides Tajikistan with enough electricity to fully meet its domestic demands but also allow the country to export in surplus electricity to its neighboring countries.
In fact, increasing the amount of electricity exports to Afghanistan will prevent wastage of water flows through Mountain Rivers.
Tajikistan annually produces about 55 million KWh of electricity.
While Tajikistan experiences difficulties in domestic electricity supplies during the winter, it exports some of its locally produced electricity from hydroelectric power plants located near mountain rivers adjacent to neighboring countries.
In winter, the country experiences significant deficits in electricity of between 2.2 to 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours while the power supply is most reliable during the summer period when surplus energy is between 3 and 7.3 billion kilowatt hours.
In 2016, Tajikistan exported more than 1.3 billion KWh of power to Afghanistan. That amount represented an increase of 138.3 million KWh in compare with 2015, according to the ministry of energy and water resources of Tajikistan.
Tajikistan adequately can supply Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan with electricity during the summer season.
According to Tajik officials, the volume of the surplus electricity of Tajikistan’s energy sector annually reaches more than 6 billion KWh.
Officials of Afghanistan’s ministry of water and energy said 70 to 75 percent of power of the country was importing and 25 percent was domestic electricity.
The ministry of water and energy is making effort to reach the country in self-sufficiency in power generation. Afghan experts believe that Afghanistan is located between Middle Asia and South Asia, where plays the role of a linking bridge between north and south.
The northern countries of Afghanistan, such Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan are rich of energy and the South Asian countries are power consumers.
The Central Asia-South Asia power project, commonly known by the acronym CASA-1000, is a $1.17 billion project would supply surplus central Asian power in summers to energy hungry Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The project will relay 1300 megawatts of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, through which Afghanistan would also earn its transit rights.
Likewise, it is merit to mention that TUTAP is also a project through which Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will be benefitted.
This is while that still many families in some parts of the country don’t access power.