Iranian, Afghan Presidents to inaugurate power project

Tehran, January 25, 2005 - The presidents of Iran and Afghanistan will officially inaugurate a 132-kilowatt power transmission line from Torbat-e Jam in northeastern Iran to the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, said a senior power industry official here on Sunday.

The deputy head of TAVANIR (a power generation, distribution and transmission company) stated that once the power line becomes operational, Iran`s power exports to Afghanistan would increase ten-fold.

The official put the total cost of the project at US$13.8 million.

"The overall capacity of power transmission from Iran to Afghanistan would increase to 60 megawatts with the inauguration of the new transmission line, which covers 212 kilometers and has a 132-kilowatt (power transmission) post," he said.

Several joint projects are currently being implemented in Afghanistan between Afghan and Iranian experts and feasibility studies are being conducted on a number of other projects in the cement, power and infrastructure sectors.