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Afghanistan to go for coal-fired power plant to generate electricity

Afghanistan Ministry of Water and Energy has signed an agreement on coal-fired power with a private company in the country. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between acting minister of water and energy Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour and head of Gulbahar Invest Company Haji Gulbahar Habibi on coal-fired power project. Based on the agreement, the company will invest on a coalfired power plant. It is worth mentioning that in a meeting held recently between the head of the Ministry of Water and Energy and the officials of Gulbahar Group, the officials of the company have expressed their interest in launching a power plant with a capacity of 100 to 200 megawatts from coal and gas sources. Both sides have agreed to coordinate the affairs, so that the joint cooperation agreement between the two sides would be signed as soon as possible. Previously, China’s Chamber of Commerce representative during a visit to Afghanistan and meeting with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) head had said his country was ready to invest in Afghanistan’s energy sector and generate 500 megawatts of electricity from coal. The Chinese official said China has experience in producing electricity from coal in eleven countries around the world, and that they are ready to install technical equipment and teams in Afghanistan. C oal-fired power plants alsoknown as coal-fired power stations are facilities that burn coal to make steam in order to generate electricity. Countries such as South Africa use coal for 94% of their electricity and China and India use coal for 70-75% of their electricity needs, however, the amount of coal China uses dwarfs most other countries. The use of coal provides access to electricity to those who previously didn’t have it, which helps to increase the quality of life and reduce poverty in those regions, however, it produces large quantities of different pollutants which reduces air quality and contributes to climate change. In a coal-fired power generator, only 40% of coal’s thermal energy is converted to electricity. There is 2,460 kWh of electricity generated per ton of coal. A standard 500-megawatt coal power plant produces 3.5 billion kWh per year, which is enough energy to power 4 million light bulbs all year. It is worth mentioning that Datang Tuoketuo power station in China is the largest operational coal power plant in the world. As of 2021, the power station had a capacity of roughly 6.7 gigawatts. Ranking second and third, Taean power station and Dangjin power station had a gross generating capacity of 6.4 and 6.04 gigawatts, respectively. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.