Islamabad: Pakistan is initiating talks with Central Asian countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to export electricity through an open access clause of the Master Agreement, that falls under the auspices of the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000) — according to news sources.
A senior official of the Power Division revealed that experts of the National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) held an important meeting in Dubai last week to discuss the export of electricity with Tajikistan experts.
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Previously, Pakistan posed a formal request to invoke the CASA-1000 open access clause, in order to pave the way for bilateral electricity trade. Under the existing agreement, Pakistan is obligated to import 1000 MW of power every day (for 9.50 cents per unit) during summer (May to October) once the project is launched.
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At present, Pakistan has an electricity surplus and is hoping to export the excess amount to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan during the winter months, through the same CASA project structure.
The CASA-1000 project is reported to have been constructed at an estimated cost of USD 1.17 billion.