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This project demonstrates landmark cooperation among the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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Electricity. It’s essential for development, economic growth, job creation, and modern life. Without it, poverty endures.

The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan are two countries in Central Asia endowed with some of the world’s most abundant clean hydropower resources with water cascading from the mountain ranges and filling the rivers every summer. Both of these countries have a surplus of electricity during the summer. Nearby in South Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan suffer from chronic electricity shortages while trying to keep pace with a fast-growing demand for it. Pakistan cannot meet its citizens’ electricity needs, especially during the sweltering summer months, leading to frequent power cuts that hurt industrial production, sometimes close small businesses, and lead to job losses. Meanwhile millions of people still live without electricity altogether.

 

A new electricity transmission system to connect all four countries, called CASA-1000, would help make the most efficient use of clean hydropower resources in the Central Asian countries by enabling them to transfer and sell their electricity surplus during the summer months to the deficient countries in South Asia. The CASA-1000 project would also complement the countries’ efforts to improve electricity access, integrate and expand markets to increase trade, and find sustainable solutions to water resources management.

What’s New

June 14-20, 2016, Washington DC, USA:Meetings of CASA-1000 Procurement Committee (PC), Legal Subcommittee (LSC) and Join Working Group (JWG) took place on June 14-20 in Washington, DC as follow up to April 21, 2016 Intergovernmental Council (IGC) Resolution approving the reconfiguration of the project from three HVDC terminal to two terminals design. Procurement Committee met on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC to update information on the procurement process for different project tender packages and modifications of the tender documents to reflect the changes in the project configuration.

The Legal Subcommittee met to identify changes in some areas of the Core project agreements to reflect project reconfiguration and planed the next project implementation steps. The areas of changes were agreed and Secretariat Legal Counsel will develop the text of needed amendments. Several issues were referred to Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) for decisions, including allocation of additional project related expenses for interconnection and utilization of existing 220 kV line between Tajikistan and Afghanistan as well as changing of the reference period for indexation due to the project implementation delays.

May 11-12, 2016, Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Secretariat and Energy Links attended the CASA-1000 Round Table on May 11, 2016 in Dushanbe and the Ceremony of Opening of the CASA-1000 Project Implementation Phase on May 12, 2016 in the town of Tursunzade near Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Ceremony of Opening of the CASA-1000 Project Implementation Phase featured high level representatives from all four countries - Tajik President, Afghan Chief Executive, Pakistani Prime Minister and Kyrgyz Prime Minister attended the opening ceremony. All the donors, partners and Secretariat were represented by highest officials as well. All the parties confirmed their commitment to the Project and expressed their confidence in success.

April 21, 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan: The Intergovernmental Council (IGC) meeting, which was preceded by a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting, was successfully held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from April 19 - 21, 2016.

IGC approved the restructuring of the project by reconfiguring the three terminal design to a two terminal design and moving convertor station in Pakistan from Peshawar to Nowshera as the more secure place due to the difficulties in obtaining acceptable proposals for a three HVDC terminal configuration.

High-level officials of the CASA-1000 Project countries-participants - Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan - representatives of the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, UK Department for International Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, US State Department, USAID, International Finance Corporation, IGC and CASA-1000 Secretariat attended the meeting.

The Republic of Tajikistan was confirmed as the host of the official ceremony launching the Project’s implementation phase on May 12, 2016 in Dushanbe with participation of high-ranking officials of all four countries, representatives of the International Financial Institutions, CASA-1000 Secretariat, donors and partners.

March 17, 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan: The Procurement Committee and Joint Working Group met on March 16-17, 2016 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The representatives of the World Bank, EBRD, IFC, Power Grid of India, USAID and the JV TBEA/CSGI also attended the meeting.

The Procurement Committee and JWG conducted first round of negotiation with JV TBEA/CSGI on their financial proposal. Countries agreed the tentative dates for next JWG/IGC meeting as April 13-15, 2016 in Istanbul.

February 18, 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan: The Procurement Committee and Joint Working Group met on February 18, 2016 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The representatives of the World Bank, IsDB, IFC, Power Grid of India, USAID and the Owner’s Engineer bidders Monenco and Fichtner also attended the meeting.

The Procurement Committee and IFC conducted second round of negotiation with Fichtner GmbH and Monenco. Parties agreed to exchange Government Guarantees during the next IGC meeting on April 2016.

 

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