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Diesel Thermal Power Plants Operations and Maintenance
DATES: May 2008 - April 2011
In 2003, USAID committed to providing emergency diesel-generated power to the key southern cities of Kandahar (Kandahar Province), Lashkar Gah (Hilmand Province), and Qalat (Zabul Province). The World Bank provides emergency diesel generators to eight provincial cities, including Aybak (Samangan Province), Musa Qala (Hilmand Province), and Tirin Kot (Uruzgan Province). Providing diesel power to these areas was a short-term way to provide immediate sources of electrical while longer-term and more sustainable lower-cost solutions were being developed. The delay in longer-term solutions and the changing reality over the past four years makes it clear that the temporary diesel power stations must be converted to permanent installations. In addition, the stations have been in use for much longer than initially planned, requiring continued operations and maintenance support. USAID is continuing to provide technical support and is developing the capacity of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (Afghanistan National Electricity Corporation – DABS) to manage these power plants.