Hydroelectric Power Plants in Afghanistan

Asadabad
Location: Kunar
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 2 X 350 kW
Operation: 1983
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This plant was built with German assistance. Only one of the sets is in operation.

Photograph courtesy of US Agency for International Development
Posted 26 Jan 2008

Faizabad
Location: Badakhshan
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 3 X 90 kW Turgo (ret), 2 X 200 kW propeller
Operation: 1986-2004
T/G supplier: Jyoti, INSET
EPC: Sainma Hydro & Engineering
Quick facts: This project was rebuilt with two new T/G sets in 2009-2010.

Photograph courtesy of JSC MNTO Inset
Posted 12 Apr 2014

Gerishk
Location: Helmand
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 2 X 1.2 MW Francis
Operation: 1945
T/G supplier: Westinghouse
EPC: Morrison-Knudsen
Quick facts: This project was designed for three turbines but only two were installed. Plans are in train to rebuild and expand the facility.

Photograph by Dave Kittelson and courtesy of NRECA International
Posted 1 Dec 2005

Istalif
Location: Kabul
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 200 kW
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Korea Water Corp
Quick facts: In Nov 2006, K-water completed this minihydro plant at Istalif, 55km north of Kabul. There are four existing RESAP microhydro projects in the area, formerly a thriving agricultural and commercial region devastated by the Taliban. K-water also provided operation and management for the facility and the associated electric works for one year.

Photograph by Mario Behling
Posted 26 Jan 2008

Kajaki
Location: Afghanistan
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 2 X 16.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1975
T/G supplier: Allis Chalmers, Westinghouse
Quick facts: This plant is on the Helmand River and the plant supplies electricity to Kandahar and Helmand. The 100m dam is 270m long and can store up to 1.2bn m³ of water making it the largest multipurpose water project in the country. Kajaki operates year-round although water flow is highly seasonal. A third turbine was in the original design and has been under intermittent under construction with electromechanical equipment from China. Louis Berger and Black & Veatch were lead contractors for a time. The new, $6mn T/G set was delivered to the site in Aug 2008 by a 100-vehicle convoy escorted by 2,000 British troops and 2,000 additional Afghan and NATO troops on a 5-day, 180km trip. This was the largest exercise of its kind during the Afghan conflict.

Photograph courtesy of U.S. Agency for International Development
Posted 4 Nov 2006

Mahipar
Location: Kabul
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 3 X 22 MW Francis
Operation: 1967
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: Lahmeyer
Quick facts: This plant on the Kabul River about 40km downstream of Kabul is one of three hydropower stations that supply most of the capital's electricity. It has a 20m, concrete gravity dam. KfW and others funded overhauls to the Sarobi and Mahipar hydroelectric plants. In Dec 2003, the €16.6mn contracts were signed with Voith Siemens Hydro. two of the three machines were repaired and put back online.

Photograph courtesy of US Agency for International Development
Posted 26 Jan 2008

Naghlu
Location: Kabul
Operator: Ministry of Energy and Water
Configuration: 4 X 25 MW Francis
Operation: 1967
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Uralelectrotyazhmash Yekaterinburg
EPC: Technopromexport
Quick facts: This is the largest power plant in Afghanistan and is being repaired with $30mn in funds from the Emergency Infrastructure Reconstruction project and the IDA.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Energy and Water
Posted 26 Jan 2008

Pol-e Khomri-1
Location: Baghlan
Operator: Ministry of Mines and Industry
Configuration: 3 X 1.6 MW Francis
Operation: 1960
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This plant was built with German assistance.

Photograph courtesy of US Agency for International Development
Posted 26 Jan 2008

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 12-Apr-2014

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