The National Electricity Authority of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan’s Breshna Sherkat (DABS) energy agency have reached an agreement on the export of electricity from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan for 10 years.

Uzbekistan has been exporting electrical energy to Afghanistan since 2002. Initially, the amount of electricity being exported was 62 million kWh, and this amount increased to 2.6 billion kWh in 2019.

Uzbekistan’s Minister of Energy, Sherzod Khodjayev, said, “electricity exports started with 4.2 billion kWh and now, 6 billion kWh of electricity is planned to be exported, according to the new agreement”.

In December 2017, during his official visit to Uzbekistan, the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Gani Ahmedzai signed an agreement between the two countries on the construction of the Surhan-Pul-i Humri Energy Transmission Line. In April 2019, Uzbekistan started the construction of the electricity transmission line in its region.

The 260-kilometer-long energy line is expected to increase electricity transmission from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan by 70%, up to 6 billion kWh of electricity each year. The electrical transmission line, which is under construction, is planned to be completed in 2020.