CASA-1000 inauguratedThe $1.7 billion CASA-1000 project was inaugurated by the officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan today.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah participated in the inauguration ceremony of the project in Tajikistan on Afghanistan’s behalf.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister, and President of Tajikistan.

CASA-1000 project will pave the way for the transmission of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan through 1,250 kilometers of high voltage transmission line.

Two converter stations have been considered for the project including a 1300 megawatt AC-DC Convertor Station at Sangtuda Tajikistan.

Another high voltage transformer will be built in Pul-e-Khumri city of Baghlan province to ensure supply of 300 mega watt of electricity to Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan said last month that the World Bank, United States, United Kingdom, European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank have committed to support the project.

Afghanistan will have an income of $45 million from the the project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.