Energy Sector Development Investment Program, Tranche 5


The project will build a 500-kilovolt (kV)/220-kV substation at Dashte Alwan, which will connect to a 500-kV transmission line crossing the Hindukush mountains via the Salang Pass route. This will add 1,000 megawatts to the system and allow power imports from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The project is related to another ADB-assisted power project, the North-South Power Transmission Enhancement Project, which will construct a 225-km 500-kV transmission line from north to south Afghanistan and a 500-kV substation at the southern end of this 500-kV line in south west Kabul.

Expected Outcome

The project will augment the existing 300MW transmission capacity between northern and southern Afghanistan by an addition 1,000MW, to initially allow indigenous generation, as well as power import from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to supply Afghanistan's domestic needs.

Expected Outputs

Commissioning of a 500-kV substation at Dashte Alwan

Project Types



Funding AgencyAmount (USD millions)Notes
Asian Development Bank 49.1
Government of Afghanistan 3.9
Total 53