WASHINGTON  - Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Energy Ministers of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held negotiations on CASA-1000 Project Agreement on import of electricity from Central Asia to Pakistan. “The meeting will prove to be a milestone in concluding the project” that is expected to be materialise in 2018, the Pakistani embassy said. The inter-governmental council of Central Asia and South Asia meeting was organized by the World Bank, which is supporting the project in addition to the Islamic Development Bank and USAID.

The parties agreed, in principle, on the terms and conditions of the Power Purchase Agreement, conducted negotiations on the Master Agreement and at the same time initiated negotiations in electricity pricing.  The progress on the bidding for the EPC was also reviewed during the meeting with satisfaction.  The negotiations round concluded with the signing of a resolution approving, in principle, the terms and conditions of the power purchase between the parties.

Under the transmission system, estimated to cost $ 1.1 billion, Pakistan hopes to add 1000 MW of electricity to its national grid as part of efforts to meet the country’s growing energy needs. Afghanistan will also benefit both as consumer and transit country from transmission of electricity from its neighbors Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.