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ADB grant for electrical power project (BigNewsNetwork)
Wednesday 8th October, 2003 Afghanistan Readies To Rebuild Power Transmission Infrastructure -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Big News Network.com Wednesday 8th October, 2003 The Asian Development Bank is preparing a power transmission and distribution project, for Afghanistan's major cities through a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$750,000. Most of Afghanistan's power sector infrastructure has been destroyed or damaged after more than two decades of war. Lack of financial and human resources has hindered maintenance and led to a sharp deterioration and loss of power infrastructure. The electrification ratio in Afghanistan is estimated at 6%. There is no power transmission grid, as power supply networks are centered in major cities. The TA will conduct detailed project design and economic and financial evaluations, examine the economic and poverty linkages, and ensure compliance with ADB's safeguard policies. In answer to the Government's priorities, the power project, in ADB's assistance pipeline for next year, will rehabilitate 75 km of a high voltage transmission line from Pule Khumri to Kunduz and construct 240 km of three other lines. It will also provide substations and rehabilitate the distribution networks of Kabul and other major cities "The project will rehabilitate and reinforce transmission and distribution networks to improve system stability and security, reduce losses, and boost the reliability of supply," says Chi Nai Chong, an ADB Senior Energy Specialist. Related policy and institutional reforms in the power sector are included in ADB's ongoing Postconflict Multisector Program Loan. Overall, load shedding, unreliable supply, and poorly maintained transmission and distribution lines and inadequate and outdated generation and substation equipment characterize the power sector. Technical losses amount to 25% while losses from pilferage or lack of reliable metering are as high as 20%. Besides contributing to high technical losses, exposed cable joints pose safety risks to the public, especially during the winter and rainy season, when any brush with the joints could cause electrocution. The TA will support ADB's assistance strategy for Afghanistan, as outlined in the Country Strategy and Program (CSP) released in May 2002. A CSP Update for 2003-2005 issued in June earmarks $610 million in assistance over the three years, focusing on the rehabilitation of key infrastructure and natural resources, and the promotion of policy and institutional reforms. As a first step in implementing the strategy, a US$150 million equivalent loan was approved for the Emergency Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project to restore key infrastructure in Afghanistan's road, electric power and gas sectors.
Posted By: mariam   November 19th 2003, 2003 4:44 PM

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