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Five year plan to help Afghanistan reach energy self-sufficiency

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Five year plan to help Afghanistan reach energy self-sufficiency
 The authorities of the MoWE said that they have undertaken five years plans on Afghanistan power energy self-sufficiency. In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, media expert of the MoWE Asif Ghafoori detailing these plans, said, a five year plan on Afghanistan power generation self-sufficiency has been prepared by power experts and work is going on since two years and the plan is concentrated on three pivots of energy security, energy economy and energy sustainability. These three pivots would be synchronized with two other pivots of domestic power generation and Afghanistan power network.
He added, Afghanistan power is in nine isles and we want to create a single power system in Afghanistan according to self-sufficiency plan.
Talking on energy economy, Asif Ghafori said, in this section, on two pivots we have concentrated. The first, domestic energy which includes private sector and several investors have so far referred to our ministry. The second one, the foreign section of power energy as the MoWE has attracted assistance of several donors and many others have expressed their interest in energy section.
The USAID has contributed for a 10MW power project in Kandahar and its work will begin soon by a foreign company and power energy will be connected to this network.
Another contract was signed on power energy generation in this province which was confirmed by NPC and HEC that would increase 30MW to Kandahar province. 
He went on to say that work is going on private sector investment in Kajaki 100MW project. Work is also in progress on two gas substations and their contracts have been approved by NPC and HEC that includes 40MW in Sheberghan and 50MW in Mazar-i-Sharif.
With implementation of this plan, in next five years, Afghanistan dependency to imported energy of regional countries would be removed 70pc. With exploitation of domestic energy sources, our dependency level would be considerably decreased. 
Calling construction of hydropower supply dams as one of the major solutions, Ghafoori went on to say that, most hydropower dams generating energy currently, had been constructed long before with an age of 40-50 years or more. Totally 250-300 MW energy is generated from domestic sources. We plan to supply maximum energy needs from domestic sources and become independent from foreign sources.
On power generation from domestic sources, our concentration is further on power generation from clean sources including water, sun and wind which are at our top priority.
These sources would help us to take into account environment protection methods.
According to information of MoWE, in Kabul a number of investors have expressed interest to invest in generation of energy from sun and wind, but no strong system has been ready so far and one or two solar energy generation parks are expected to be constructed in Kabul.
The MoWE authorities have said that until next year, regular power energy will be transmitted in Kabul from domestic sources.
 

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