Officials at the Tarakhil thermal power plant said that daily 250 megawatts of electricity will be added to the Kabul electricity grid. 

According to the officials by providing more fuel to this power plant, its power generation capacity will be doubled.

This is the largest thermal power plant in the capital, and was built in the past few years with the help of $300 million USD from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The plant consumes about sixty thousand liters of fuel in six hours, in order to produce 250-300 megawatts of electricity.

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, an energy supplying company, uses the plant in emergency situations and in winter.

“In the first step, the Tarakhil thermal power system will be switched on and the capital’s electricity shortage problem will be solved and in case the problem is not solved then we will also turn on the thermal power plant of the northwest of the capital,” said Khowja Muzafar Siddiqi, Tarakhil thermal power plant manager.

According to the officials the power plant is fully computerized.

Whenever any problems occur at the plant the alarm activates, and the plant engineer will receive a message on his computer that will indicate what the problem is.

“The technology that has been used in this plant is not used in other plants, here the technology is very advanced, and all the security and management issues has been considered in this plant,” said Samim Ahmad the Tarakhil thermal power plant technical manager.

Officials at Da Breshna Sherkat said that in order to decrease electricity shortages in Kabul the plant must be active.

Although, it is said that every kilowatt electricity from the thermal plant is about 40 Afghanis.

“We run the plant from 4:30 p.m till 2:30 am because this time is the busiest time and every night we inject 250-300 megawatts of electricity to the Kabul electricity network,” said Ahmad Wais an official from the plant.

Da Breshna however needs $20 million USD a year in subsidies from the Ministry of Finance to run the plant twelve hours in a day.


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