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Siemens wins $8m contract for Afghan substation

Project in Khulm in northern Afghanistan to be completed in two years

The substation will be located in the town of Khulm in northern Afghanistan (Image used for illustrative purposes)
The substation will be located in the town of Khulm in northern Afghanistan (Image used for illustrative purposes)

Siemens has announced it has won a contract valued at $8m to install a new substation at the town of Khulm in northern Afghanistan.

The project, which will supply the area with electricity and link the country’s northern towns, was awarded by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water, located in the capital city of Kabul.

The scope of the deal includes engineering, procurement, supply, installation testing and commissioning of a 220/20-kV substation at Khulm, near Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Completion is expected within two years.

Substation Khulm, which will be completed within two years, will be installed on the North East Power System (NEPS) and will be connected with a 220-kV transmission line being fed from Uzbekistan.

The project will ensure electricity flows to Khulm, which is densely populated and located about 60 kilometres from Mazar-e-Sharif. Funding for the project will be arranged by German Financial Cooperation via KfW, a German government-owned development bank.

The percentage of the population in Afghanistan with access to electricity is among the lowest in the world, according to the World Bank. Substation Khulm will improve connectivity in a country where it is estimated that only one in every three Afghans has access to electricity.

Siemens has been commissioned for a number of projects with the Ministry of Energy and Water in Afghanistan since 2004.

Some of these include the rehabilitation of the 110-kV Brishnakot and Kabul East substation, installing the 110-kV Butkhak substation and medium-voltage (MV) distribution network, and a 220/110-kV reactor power compensation project, as well as rehabilitation of the 110-kV transmission lines for the Naghlu and Mahipar hydropower plants.

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