CASA-1000: Pak-Tajik FMs will facilitate project implementation early

The CASA-1000 project commenced its implementation in January of 2018. As part of a $1.2 billion regional initiative, Afghanistan and Pakistan will get 1,300 MW of extra hydropower from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that will be connected to the electricity grids of four other nations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar met with Sirojiddin Muhriddin, the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, in a bilateral meeting during the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting that took place in this country on May 20–21. The topic of discussion was bilateral ties and projects.

The resolve of the two foreign ministers to bolster bilateral cooperation and high-level engagement was reiterated.

After the Taliban took control in 2021, construction on the CASA-1000 project was put on hold, but it has reportedly resumed in Afghanistan.

It is anticipated that Kyrgyzstan will provide the remaining 30% of the electricity needed for the CASA-1000 project, with Tajikistan providing the last 70%. Head of NENK’s (National Electricity Networks of Kyrgyzstan) public relations division Elzada Sargashkayeva told the Times of Central Asia, “[They’ll supply] a total of 1,000-1,300 MW of electricity per year.”

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