Electricity imports from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan account for half of Afghanistan’s electricity consumption.
As winter begins, the Afghan capital may plunge into darkness as the country’s new Taliban rulers have not paid Central Asian countries. power supplier Or started collecting money from consumers again.
Unless addressed, the situation could lead to a humanitarian disaster, warned Dawood Noorzai, who resigned as chief executive of the country’s state power monopoly, Da Afghanistan Bresna Sherkat, on 15 August under the Taliban. About two weeks after the acquisition.
“The consequences will be across the country, but especially in Kabul. There will be a blackout and it will bring Afghanistan back into the dark ages,” said Mr. Noorzai, who is in close contact with the remaining management of DABS. . “It would be a really dangerous situation.”
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Electricity imports from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan account for half of Afghanistan’s electricity consumption as a whole, with Iran providing additional supplies in the country’s west. This year’s drought has affected domestic production at most hydroelectric stations. Afghanistan lacks a national electricity grid, and Kabul relies almost entirely on imported electricity from Central Asia.
Currently, power is abundant in the Afghan capital, a rare—if momentary—improvement since the Taliban takeover. In part, this is because the Taliban no longer attack transmission lines from Central Asia. Another reason is that, with industry at a standstill and military and government facilities largely idle, a large proportion of power supplies end with residential consumers, perpetuating the rolling blackouts that used to be common.
However, this is likely to end abruptly if Central Asian suppliers—notably Tajikistan, whose relationship with the Taliban is rapidly deteriorating—decides to cut DABS for non-payment.
Tajikistan has sheltered leaders of the anti-Taliban resistance, such as former Vice President Amarullah Saleh, and recently deployed additional troops along its border with Afghanistan, prompting Russia to call on both countries to de-escalate .
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