Siemens to develop Afghanistan as an energy hub in central Asia
Siemens Energy has signed a multi-phase agreement with Afghanistan to establish the country as an energy hub in central Asia by developing a modern, sustainable, and cost-effective power system, incorporating the massive potential of renewable energy generation.
The agreement was signed by Abdul Habib Zadran, Deputy Minister of Finance, Mahmood Qadri, current Acting Director and Director of Finance and Administration Department of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), and Khan Mohammad Takal, Head of Energy Services Authority, in Afghanistan, and Dietmar Siersdorfer, Middle East Managing Director of Siemens Energy, and Michael Bueker, Senior Vice President Finance of Siemens Energy, in Abu Dhabi. The signing ceremony was witnessed by H.E Ashraf Ghani, President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy.
It builds on a Memorandum of Understanding that Siemens signed with the Government of Afghanistan in January 2019, to support the country’s sustainable development.
As part of the Afghanistan Energy Hub agreement, through a three-phased plan, Siemens Energy will support Afghanistan’s power sector by developing a reliable and affordable electricity supply, whilst addressing the efficient use of natural resources, to improve revenue streams back to the government.
Siemens Energy will also collaborate with the Government to develop training and vocational programs for the people of Afghanistan, supporting the creation of a skilled and competitive local workforce for the development of infrastructure and industries.
The goal is to increase the access to electricity to unlock the potential of Afghanistan and stimulate economic and industrial growth. The plan will also enable Afghanistan to generate new income by leveraging its geo-strategic positioning as energy transit hub and exploiting abundant domestic renewable energy resources.
Currently, parts of Afghanistan’s electricity grid network are fragmented and supplied as passive islands with power fed from neighboring countries. Presently only around 28% of the 37 million people living in Afghanistan have access to electricity.
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