A multidonor project to improve power and distribution facilities in two Tajikistan districts recently wrapped up. The project included repairing five electricity substations and a hydroplant, upgrading power distribution networks, replacing 100 distribution transformers and improving the Nurek Hydropower plant operations in the Khatlong region. It also covered upgrading of two electricity substations in Dushanbe.
The project was funded by a USD40 million loan from the Asian Development Bank, a USD17 million contribution from the Islamic Development Bank, USD8.7 million from Switzerland, USD9.6 million from private enterprise Barki Tojik, which was the also the executing agency.
ADB Country Director for Tajikistan Makoto Ojiro noted the importance of energy to Tajikistan’s development and promised continued support for the sector.
“Our support will focus on enhancing the country’s institutional and physical capacity — first, to help meet domestic energy needs, including narrowing the winter energy deficit; and secondly, to expand Tajikistan’s hydropower export potential in the regional energy market,” he said in a statement.