Ministry of Energy and Water hands over three renewable power schemes to DABS
The finished power schemes will now be operated and maintained by Afghanistan’s national power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). At the signing ceremony, Eng Shakeeb Ahmad Nessar, Chief Operations Officer of DABS thanked the German Government for the support is has provided to Afghanistan in the energy sector throughout the years. The handover and operations of the new power schemes will benefit a total of 25,000 people in the Chal and Warsaj districts of Takhar.
Construction of the three renewable power schemes was recently completed with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water, the Afghan-German cooperation programme financed the three pilot projects in Takhar province: a 500 kW mini hydro power scheme in Warsaj district providing electricity to 1,270 public and private customers, a 200 kW solar PV scheme in Chal:Yatatoot district with 560 customers and a solar PV scheme in Chal:Khanaqa serving 363 customers. Customers include shops, schools, mosques, private business and households.
In addition to supplying electricity to the rural population, the power scheme projects will also help the Ministry of Energy and Water collect data on the technical and commercial requirements of constructing and operating renewable energy power schemes in Afghanistan. An expert team from the ministry analyses operational costs of power plants. The findings are applied in the national energy policy and used to promote further investment in renewable energy, especially in the private sector. To operate the three power schemes in Takhar, DABS has also hired eight technicians.
As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been helping the Ministry of Energy and Water promote renewable energy in Afghanistan since 2003. Financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ provides policy advisory services and technical support for the ministry’s institutional and organizational development.