$36 million contract fast-tracks 500 kV power transmission project in Afghanistan

The Taliban-run power distributor, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), signed a contract with a private company, Afghan Invest, for the completion of the 500-kilovolt (kV) Sheberghan-Dashte Alwan power transmission project. The deal also encompasses the development of the Dashte Alwan substation.

According to a statement from the Taliban’s deputy chief minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar, the total value of the contract stands at $36 million.

Baradar, speaking at a ceremony in Kabul, announced that the project is expected to be finalized within the next two years.

Highlighting the project’s significance, Baradar noted that, in addition to boosting Afghanistan’s industrial capabilities, DABS would reap benefits from this venture.

Afghan Invest is tasked with completing the 500 kV power line between Shaberghan and Dashte Alwan, covering a distance of over 305 kilometers, within the specified two-year timeframe, as per the Taliban’s statement.

According to Taliban statement, 76% of the project has already been completed, with Afghan Invest set to handle the remaining 23%.

The 500 kV electricity transmission project from Shaberghan in Jawzjan province to Dashte Alwan in northern Afghanistan was part of a series of extensive electricity transmission initiatives that commenced in December 2015. Originally scheduled for completion in December 2023, the project comprised seven stages.