The Board of Executive Directors of World Bank on Tuesday approved $52.5 million grant for Afghanistan Gas Project, the World Bank said in a statement.
The statement further added that the project will provide sustainable supply of natural gas to independent power producers in Northern Afghanistan.
More specifically, the Afghanistan Gas Project will provide direct financing and technical assistance for the construction, operation and maintenance of a gas pipeline from Sheberghan to Mazar-e-Sharif and a new natural gas desulfurization amine plant, the statement added.
The World Bank also added that the project will also provide direct financing and technical assistance for the establishment of a strong institutional, regulatory, and contract management framework based on the principles of good governance in the gas sector.
Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan said “By investing in critical gas infrastructure and developing a strong foundation for good governance in the gas sector, the project will improve Afghanistan’s energy supply, which is currently critically low, and contribute to poverty reduction.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum will lead the overall implementation of the project in close coordination with other government agencies, including the Afghanistan Gas Enterprise, and the Afghanistan Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority.