The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

First agreement on 20- megawatt wind power project signed

Afghanistan Minister of Water and Energy has informed that an agreement on 20—megawatt wind power project was signed between the ministry and Turkish 77 Construction Company here in Kabul. In the signing ceremony of the agreement held yesterday in Kabul, acting Minister of Water and Energy Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour by praising the 77 Turkish company for its activities in Afghanistan said the second phase of Kajaki Dam project producing 100 megawatts of electricity was a valuable achievement for the people of Afghanistan. He also recalled of the 15 megawatts of electricity project that has been implemented by the respective company in Kandahar province. Stressing on increasing of investment on energy sector in the country, Mullah Mansour assured head of the 77 Turkish company that the leadership of the ministry of water and energy was committed to overall cooperation in terms of preparing the land for investment on the wind power project in the country. The country’s minister of water and energy called on those Afghan traders and investors living abroad to return and invest on various sector in the country. Meanwhile, head of Turkish 77 Construction Company Suliman Jellio assured that the 20- megawatt wind power project would be completed in two years energy production. Afghanistan has great opportunities with solar and wind resources. Paying attention to investment in these cases can also have a positive and significant impact on electricity distribution throughout the country. The capacity of these two natural sources has been estimated at around 268,000 megawatts of electricity. According to the data of the International Renewable Energy Center, Afghanistan has about 300 sunny days in a year, which means that one kilowatt of solar energy can be produced per ten square meters of land. Monsoon and seasonal winds in different parts of this country particularly in the country’s northern parts and Herat provide a doubled opportunity in the field of wind power generation. However, there are other reports that Afghanistan has a capacity of 200,000 megawatts of electricity from solar sources and more than 68,000 megawatts of electricity from wind sources. It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan has abundant sources of energy production, but it still needs to rely on imported electricity from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iran, the countries that provide about 80 percent of Afghanistan’s electricity needs. Based on reports, Afghanistan produces only about 20 percent of its electricity from domestic sources. Now, the Islamic Emirate is working to attract investment on different resources of energy generation. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.