North–South Power Transmission Enhancement Project (formerly Power Distribution Project)


The project will construct a 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line about 225 kilometers (km) long across the Hindukush mountain range between the northern town of Dashte Alwan and Kabul, at the southern end. It will include a new 500-kV / 220-kV substation to connect to the grid in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital.

Expected Outcome

The project will increase power trade between Afghanistan and its neighbors, and a higher rate of electrification within the country.

Expected Outputs

A 500kV transmission line from Baghlan to Kabul (Dashte Alwan to Arghundy) commissioned, including a 500kV/220kV substation in Arghundy, Kabul

Project Types



Funding AgencyAmount (USD millions)Notes
Asian Development Bank 99
Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund 117
Government of Afghanistan 4
Total 220