Best Practices to Increase Power Supply and Reliability in Afghanistan-Central Asia Grid

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the second in a series of three workshops on "Special Protection Systems for Transmission Operations and Emergencies" for transmission operators from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Almaty, Kazakhstan 18-21 February 2009. The series of workshops is being organized by the United States Energy Association’s (USEA) Energy Utility Partnership Program (EUPP).

BACKGROUND

The objective of this series of workshops is to bring together energy sector representatives from the Central Asia Republics to meet with their Afghan counterparts to improve reliability of theCentral Asia regional transmission grid and facilitate increased power exchanges with the Afghanistan electricity system as it completes construction on its North East Power System (NEPS) 220kv transmission system. Once fully operational, the NEPS transmission system will allow electricity from Central Asian producers to be exported to Afghanistan, greatly improving supply reliability and coverage to North Eastern Afghanistan and providing Central Asian generators with expanded market opportunities.