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DABS has paid all debts to electricity providing countries

DABS has paid all debts to electricity providing countries

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4 Jun 2023 - 20:19
DABS has paid all debts to electricity providing countries
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4 Jun 2023 - 20:19

KABUL(Pajhwok): Afghanistan signed 5.8 billion kilowatt-hour electricity contracts with three countries until the end of the ongoing year and has paid all debts to power providers.

Power utility Da Afghanistan Barishna Sherkat (DABS) officials on Sunday presented their annual report at the Government Information and Media Center in Kabul.

DABS acting and commercial affairs director Maulvi Abdul Rahman Rahmani on the occasion said that under the agreements, Uzbekistan will provide 2.2 billion kilowatt hours, Tajikistan 1.9 billion KWH and Turkmenistan 1.7 billion KWH.

He said DABS was not indebted to any country in terms of electricity cost and had paid electricity costs to neighboring countries in 1401 solar year.

Rahmani added that in the last solar year, 94 million US dollars were paid to Turkmenistan, 96 million dollars to Tajikistan and 47 million US dollars to Uzbekistan.

He did not say how many kilowatt hours of electricity Iran provided to Afghanistan, but said they paid 47 million US dollars to Iran last year.

According to Rahmani, the electricity company collected 3.5 billion afghanis from government agencies and 118 million afghanis from customers in Kabul, including some former politicians and powerful people.

He did not say how many customers currently owe to DABS in unpaid bills. Without giving details, Rahmani said DABS revenue increased by 2.5 percent last year compared to the previous year.

Engineer Safiullah Ahmadzai, DABS operational director said that 40 percent of people in the country had access to electricity, 80 percent of Afghanistan’s electricity was imported and 20 percent generated rom domestic sources.

He added DABS had prepared a five-year strategic plan for a new 710 MW power plant. Ahmadzai saod t the survey, design and installation of the Chamtal Substation of Balkh’s Chamtal District had been completed and  the Kajki-Kandahar 110 kilovolt line – which is 170 km long – has been stretched, the capacity of the power plant has been increased.

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