Foundation stone laying of CASA-1000 on May 11

Islamabad—Foundation stone laying ceremony of CASA-1000 Project, envisaging transportation of surplus electric power available in summer months (May 1 to September 30) from Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11th May, 2016. The decision was taken in a series of recent meetings of Joint Working Group (JWG) and Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) of CASA-1000 Project which were held in Almaty from 19th to 21st April, 2016.
The Pakistani side was represented in these meetings by Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Secretary Water and Power, Mr. Muhammad Younus Dagha. Energy Ministers of the members countries led their respective delegations during these meetings. During these meetings of Joint Working Group and Inter-Governmental Council of CASA-1000 Project, the Member Countries also thoroughly reviewed the ongoing procurement process for 03 Convertor Stations of the transmission line. It was also decided to go for two convertor stations instead of three and to float fresh tenders for these two convertors within two months. Since the bid received for the convertor stations was very high and the technical capability of the bidder was also a major concern for all the member countries, the JWG/IGC meetings considered two options for quick materialization of the project. —INP

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