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Project Title:
Kabul-Aybak/Mazar-e-Sharif Power Project
Grant Amount:
Approval Date:
December 26, 2007
Closing Date:
March 31, 2013

Project Objective:

The development objective of the project was to help provide reliable and quality power to the consumers in the target areas of the cities of Kabul, Aybak, and Mazar-e-Sharif.

Program Summary


The Project consisted of the following four components:

(i) The Distribution System Rehabilitation for Kabul: through the rehabilitation and extension of the distribution system to connect medium voltage (MV) trunk lines and cables to customers in Kabul; and reorganizing the existing distribution system to optimize loading to reduce losses and provide satisfactory power supply voltage to customers in Kabul.

(ii)The Establishment of a 220 kilovolt (kV) Substation at Aybak and Interconnection with Distribution System: through the establishment of a new 220/20kV, 16 Megavolt Amperes (MVA) substation at Aybak and 20kV interconnection with the existing Aybak distribution system.

(iii) Power System Rehabilitation for Mazar-e-Sharif: through the rehabilitation of the distribution system in Mazar-e-Sharif by upgrading the existing MV distribution network from 6kV to 20kV; connecting the distribution network to the 220/20kV substation; rehabilitating and replacing the low voltage distribution network; and upgrading the Mazar-e-Sharif substation capacity to meet the requirements of the distribution network.

(iv) Institutional Capacity Building: through the provision of capacity building and implementation support to MEW and DABM including for: (a) operation and maintenance of the distribution systems; (b) implementation of infrastructure metering and accounting of energy supplied in Kabul, Aybak and Mazar-e-Sharif, (c) establishment, operation and hand-over to DABM of customer care centers; (d) communication of Project plans to consumers; (e) Project management support; and (f) other capacity building needs identified during implementation.


  • 1,219GWh increase in power supply to project areas in Kabul;
  • 25% of Aybak population connected and provided power supply;
  • 197 GWh increase in power supply to customers in Mazar-e-Sharif;
  • Strengthened the low voltage (LV) distribution network in parts of Kabul supplied by Junction 2 as measured by number of transformers installed and commissioned:
  • Strengthened the low voltage (LV) distribution network in parts of Mazar-e-Sharif City, and measured by the number of 20/0.4 kV transformers installed and commissioned;
  • 220/20kV substation and associated 20kV lines at Aybak to provide quality, reliable and clean grid power to the residents of Aybak town constructed.
Kabul-Aybak/Mazar-e-Sharif Power Project
Kabul-Aybak/Mazar-e-Sharif Power Project