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First gas power plant to be built in Mazar-e-Sharif

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First gas power plant to be built in Mazar-e-Sharif

 The first private-public sector power generation project was signed in Mazar-e-Sharif between MoEW and Ghazanfar Group of Company GGC.

According to officials of Breshna Co, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum sells gas to GGC and the latter generate power and resell it to Breshna Co.
Addressing a contract signing ceremony, chairman of Breshna Co. Ammanullah Ghalib said, Gas power generation project is the first private-pubic project implemented in the country with a capacity of 50MW that would be distributed to 4000 families in Balkh province and the MoEW would supervise the work of the project.
Chairman of Private-Public Partnership of the MoF Abdul Momin Mansoor said, the period of this project is 30 years with private sector investment that provides employment opportunities to locals.
Mazar-e-Sharif gas power generation project will be established with financial support of Ghazanfar Group Co and I.F.C in Afghanistan. US$75m is expected to be invested in this project out of which US$25m by GGC and the rest by I.F.C.
A statement released by I.F.C said that in the first stage, this project will generate 50MW power and it is expected that the capacity of domestic power generation would go up about 30 pc and about one million people will be benefited and employment opportunities will be provided for 200 people.
The statement adds that this project would create framework of cooperations between the Afghan government and private sector for development of infrastructures particularly energy and this is the first project that is being funded, designed and constructed by private sector in two years.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, economist Saifuddin Saihoon said, investment on gas power generation in Balkh is certainly an effective step and GGC would manage to implement and exploit it on due time with partnership of the government.
According to available data, every citizen who has access to power, consumes 176 KW power per annum. Lack of sufficient power energy is one of the basic problems of people, public and private sector. But implementation of similar projects would meet Afghanistan power needs. Shukria Kohistani