Energy Sector Development Investment Program, Tranche 2


The project provides electric grid connectivity through provision of a new 220kV/20 kV substation and 40,000 new power distribution connections to Dashte Barchi area of South West Kabul. The project provides about 230 kilometers of double circuit 200 kV transmission line from Chimtala S/S to the new Kabul South S/S (with 2x40 MVA transformers) which will form part of the national grid connecting NEPS to SEPS. It is expected that 65 km of medium voltage (20kV) and 500 km of low voltage (0.4kV) overhead distribution lines will be used. The Project will assist rehabilitation and expansion of power transmission and power distribution system in Kabul. The city of Kabul has witnessed exponential growth in power demand (some 25% each year) and there is a critical need to expand power infrastructure to utilize imported and indigenous power flowing into Kabul. The project will also provide capacity support to the power utility -- Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Expected Outcome

Project 2 supports the investment program to provide a more reliable and cost-effective power supply for Afghanistan's industry and people, leading to faster and sustainable economic development. It will provide power supply in the southwest section of Kabul while strengthening the management and planning capacity of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat.

Expected Outputs

  • Transmission coverage expanded from Chimtala to South West Kabul.
  • Kabul Distribution Network in Darchi-e-Bashi (South West Kabul) developed.
  • Improved system planning and project management capacities in DABS.

Project Types



Funding AgencyAmount (USD millions)Notes
Asian Development Bank 81.5
Government of Afghanistan 5
Total 86.5