© 2014 | CASA-1000 Project


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

February 26, 2015: CASA-1000 is now completing its initial financial and multi-national power transaction and transmission agreements, and will soon enter the construction phase. ECODIT LLC, the Prime Contractor for the USAID Energy Links Project providing technical and financial support to the CASA-1000 Secretariat, is looking for a highly qualified individual to take over the role of the Secretariat Executive Director (ED) for the construction phase.

The ED is a high-level electric industry executive manager position that provides the central leadership for the entire multi-nation transmission system project. As the construction phase begins, the ED’s key role will be transmission construction leadership. Therefore, the candidate sought here needs experience focused in transmission construction. More detailed information can be found here.

February 6, 2015: CASA-1000 Legal Subcommittee and Joint Working Group meetings were held in Bishkek on January 31 through February 6.

Joint Working Group meeting completed negotiation of most open pricing issues and agreed the methodology to prepare the kWh schedules for the PPAs. The next steps were discussed and agreed.

The next meeting of country advisors to finalize all the project agreements is planned on March 2-6 in Washington and following joint JWG and Procurement Committee meeting to agree all the Advisors’ Meeting working products, finalize preparations for signing of the agreements, and make commitments to keep procurement on schedule.

December 8, 2014: The CASA-1000 Procurement Committee and IGC Secretariat opened technical proposals for consulting services to provide construction supervision services for Design Supply and Installation of HVAC Line and associated substation works in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic and Consulting Services to provide construction supervision services for Design Supply and Installation OF Multi-Terminal HVDC Converter Stations in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan along with HVDC Line from Sangtuda to Peshawar via Kabul.

Four applications for HVAC Owner’s Engineer and three applications for HVAC Owner’s Engineer were received and accepted for consideration.

December 3, 2014: The CASA-1000 Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) meeting was held in Istanbul on December 3, 2014. The IGC is chaired by top government officials from the four countries and approved decisions covering the key legal and business aspects of the project. These included energy sale prices for CASA-1000’s initial 15-year period, the transit fee to be paid to Afghanistan, and tentative open access surcharges.

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