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CASA-1000 power project to help meet energy shortage: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif said on Friday CASA 1000 power project would benefit Pakistan by providing cheap electricity up to 1000MW.

In an interview, the minister said the project will bring a massive change in the energy sector and help meet energy shortage in the country.

The minister said that the stage has been set for sealing a historic accord for the supply of 1,000 MW electricity to Pakistan by Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan via Afghanistan.

Central Asia South Asia (CASA) 1000 power project was jointly launched by the Tajik President, Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, Chief Executive Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah and Kyrgyzstan’s PM Sooronbay Jeenbekov on Thursday in Dushanbe.

On the occasion, PM Nawaz said the project will help mitigate electricity deficit, create jobs and improve business activities in the region,” said the PM adding that this project will also provide economic, social and environmental benefits.

 “The project has finally entered the implementation phase after many years of conception and it will also contribute to regional integration,” he said.

About CASA-1000 Power Project

The CASA-1000 Project is a flagship project and the first of its kind that will link Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in electricity grid which will be completed by 2018.

CASA-1000 Project will help mitigate electricity deficit of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will supply a total of 1300MW of electricity to both countries under the project; 1000MW to Pakistan and 300 MW to Afghanistan during the summer season.

In a statement issued here by the Pakistan’s Foreign Office, the project will go a long way in regional integration and create the win-win situation for all.

 “The project will go a long way in regional integration, which is very important for the economic and social development of the region,” the Foreign Office said.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.