For Immediate Release
Monday, December 9, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Officials from the Afghan national power company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) signed an agreement with a Dubai-based construction company on Monday to install a critically needed turbine at Kajaki Dam.
Increasing the capacity of Kajaki dam is part of a wide-reaching infrastructure investment program under the Kandahar-Helmand Power Project (KHPP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
DABS chairman Abdul Razique Samadi inked the contract with GFA Consulting representative Geoff Robinson at a ceremony at DABS headquarters in Kabul. The $6 million dollar agreement commits GFA to organize planning, scheduling and sub-contracting the installation of the 18.5 MW turbine, called Unit 2.
“Electrification of the country is a top priority for the Afghan Government. Kajaki power dam was originally built by the United States in the 1950s. USAID has delivered the equipment for the installation of the third and final turbine to Kajaki and handed over the project to the Afghan Government,” said DABS Chairman Abdul Razique Samadi.
Once operational, the new turbine will increase Kajaki capacity from 33 MW to 51 MW, which will benefit some 50,000 households in Kandahar and Helmand provinces. The first phase of the contract will last four to six months, after which the actual installation of Unit 2 will commence. Unit 2 will come on line by December 2015, according to projections.`
The total budget for the KHPP project is $75 million. The signing marks a shift from USAID to DABS leadership for turbine installation at Kajaki.
“DABS has strengthened their financial and management capacity, meeting all requirements to receive USAID funding. This event is a historic milestone in constructing one of the most important infrastructure projects in all of Afghanistan. The U.S. Government and DABS have worked together for many years. We are pleased to see our Afghan partners take the lead to install the 18.5 MW turbine at Kajaki and to upgrade the control and protection systems of the power house,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Jerry Bisson.
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