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3-12-2014, 16:43

ADB to provide 54 mln USD to improve electricity supply of households, industry in Tajikistan


Avesta.Tj | 03.12.2014 |The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a 54 million U.S. dollar grant to improve the electricity supply to households and industry in Tajikistan, according to a press release issued by the ADB on Wednesday.


The project aims to reduce energy losses through metering entire high- and medium-voltage transmission grid and expand transmission capacity in Panjakent district, northern Tajikistan.


Levan Mtchedlishvili, the Senior Energy Specialist at ADB’s Central and West Asia Department said that investments in loss reduction are a priority for the energy sector.


"And this project will enable Barki Tojik to account for all electricity flows and associated costs. It will quantify technical and nontechnical losses at the wholesale level of the entire grid”, Mtchedlishvili noted.


The project will install about 1,100 wholesale electricity meters, current and voltage transformers and a settlement system. It will also build a new 95 kilometer transmission line connecting Rudaki and Ayni substations. The investment will also support ongoing restructuring of Barki Tojik to improve its operational efficiency.


Tajik government and Barki Tojik will provide counterpart funding of 13 million U.S. dollars. Barki Tojik will be the executing agency for the project, which is due for completion in 2020.


ADB is the largest multilateral development partner in Tajikistan’s energy sector. Total ADB energy approvals have reached 430 million U.S dollars.


ADB projects focus on modernization of transmission and distribution facilities and sector restructuring and reforms.


Tajikistan joined ADB in 1998 and, to date, ADB has approved total assistance of around 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in concessional loans, grants, and technical assistance to the country.


The ADB-Tajikistan partnership has promoted social development, upgraded and built new infrastructure, expanded agricultural production, and encouraged regional cooperation and trade under the CAREC Program.