Ministry invites EOIs in 20 renewable energy projects

(Pajhwok): The Ministry of Energy and Water has invites local and international investors to submit expressions of interest (EOIs) in investing in 20 renewable energy projects in different parts of the country..

The 100mw package is aimed to ensure the deployment of power generation for improving the overall scenario in Afghanistan, where than 60 percent of people are without access to reliable electricity

Afghanistan’s power demand is likely to grow at 12-15% a year over the next decade, resulting in a supply shortfall of over 6,000mw by 2032. The country’s current domestic power supply is around 1,073 GWh.

Its power imports from Central Asia account for 78% of total supply. Afghanistan only generates around 300mw of electricity mainly from hydropower, followed by fossil fuel and solar power.

Afghanistan’s rich hydrocarbon and renewable energy resources can provide one of the pillars for ensuring energy security of the country, according to the ministry, which says the scope of the EOIs covers almost all renewable energy resources.

The overall goal of the EOIs is investing in 100 MW REN projects in different provinces of the country to provide power to local communities, businesses and industrial parks.

The 100mw package includes 30 projects in 20 provinces from solar, wind, biomass and micro hydropower (MHP) sources. Overall, more than one million people are expected to benefit from the projects.

Four of the proposed schemes will be implemented in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat. Fourteen are in the provinces where local grids are available but are currently supplied with diesel generators.

Two are in Nuristan and Paktika provinces, where there is no local or national grid available.

Interested investors or project developers are required to submit their EOIs along with their profiles and any other relevant documents to the ministry on or before January 30.

Source: PAJHWOK. Date: January 5 2016

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