North-South Power Transmission Enhancement Project (Additional Financing) (ADB-46392-002)

  • Afghanistan
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
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  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 30.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Grant Amount (USD)
$ 30.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Sep 4, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jul 8, 2020

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Project Description
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According to the Bank's website, the project provides finanances to the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat to fund development of energy infrastrucutre to increase the supply of power from the north of Afghanistan to the south and east. 

The additional financing will allow the construction of two reactors, at Dashte Alwan 500-kilovolt substation for the energization of the 500-kV overhead transmission line from Turkmenistan to Dashte Alwan. The additional financing will also cover cost overruns of the 500-kV transmission line from the Dashte Alwan substation in Baghlan to the Arghundy substation in Kabul and the 500-kV/220-kV substation in Arghundy, Kabul.


Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) is an independent and autonomous company established under the corporations and limited liabilities law of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. DABS is Limited Liability Company with all its equity shares owned by the Afghan government. As the national power utility, DABS replaced to Da Afghanistan Breshna Moassessa (DABM) on the 4th May 2008 (15 Saur 1387). DABS manages electric power generation, import, transmission and distribution throughout Afghanistan on a commercial basis.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat-DABS Client -

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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
Chaman Houzouri, Kabul, Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan


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