EU commits 20 million euros for hydropower plant construction in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan said it has signed a 20 million euro agreement with KfW for construction of a small hydropower plant (HPP) in the Mountainous Badakhshan Autonomous Province of Tajikistan.

The EU Ambassador Ms. Marilyn Josefson and KfW office Dushanbe Director Dr. Andreas Schneider signed a Contribution Agreement for financing construction of a small hydropower plant Sebzor in Roshtqala district of Mountainous Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO) on December 6. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources Ms. Sharifa Khudobakhsh, World Bank Country Director Dr. Jan-Peter Olters, Director of Pamir Energy company Mr. Daler Jumaev, and Head of Aga Khan Foundation Mr. Kishwar Abdulalishoev.

The committed funds of 20 million euros come as a contribution to 17 million euros allocated for this project earlier by the German Government to Tajikistan during the intergovernmental negotiations in 2018. With this agreement signed the total financing for construction of the project shall consist 37 million euros.

In her speech, Ambassador Josefson underlined the social and environmental importance of the project which will also have a potential to supply reliable energy to settlements in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Dr. Schneider mentioned that the project will improve generation and supply of clean energy in the Roshtqal’a district as well as in the GBAO. Besides, he noted that the project is a very good example of coordination among Development Partners and the Government of Tajikistan. He mentioned that the World Bank contributed to the project by funding several important studies necessary for preparation of the action, USAID has allocated funding to support implementation capacity of Pamir Energy, and SECO committed funding for an 18 km transmission line from Sebzor HPP to Khorog and a new sub-station.

The project foresees construction of an 11 MW run-of-the-river hydropower plant on Shokhdara river with an expected generation capacity of 74.5 million kWh per year. The project will be financed through state-owned German Development bank KfW. The executing agency for the project is Pamir Energy company.