Afghanistan’s electricity imports from Uzbekistan halve, company says

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The country’s power distributor, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat or DABS, reported a 50 percent decrease in electricity imports from Uzbekistan due to technical issues in the neighboring country.

As Afghanistan faces the onset of winter each year, the demand for electricity surges, leading to an increase in power imports.

DABS previously announced a contract for 2024’s electricity imports from Uzbekistan. This agreement focused on boosting the volume of Uzbekistan’s electricity exports to Afghanistan, reducing tariffs, and facilitating visas for the technical staff of the company.

But amid a particularly harsh winter, people grapple with persistent electricity shortages, intensifying the difficulties for its residents.

Kabul residents have expressed concerns over the significant reduction in power supply, citing numerous difficulties faced during the winter season due to the shortage.

Afghanistan imports its required electricity from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Turkmenistan.