The Ministry of Energy and Water, which has responsibility for all of Afghanistan’s dams and hydropower stations, intends to raise the level of the Kajaki dam and reservoir on the river Helmand in Kajaki District, in the southern province of Helmand, increasing its storage capacity with a view to enhancing the potential for irrigation, hydropower generation, and supply of drinking water.
The project is expected to double the size of the reservoir, potentially affecting thousands of people, according to a tender notice published on the World Bank’s procurement website on 2 April.
The contract is to be financed by the International Development Association (IDA), a member of the World Bank Group, within the framework of the Naghlu hydropower rehabilitation project (NHRP).
As part of the project, 77 Construction USA Corporation plans to increase the installed capacity at the dam by 100 MW, by constructing an additional powerhouse next to the existing one, comprising three 33.3 MW units. Two 33.3 MW units are planned to be installed in the first phase of the project, with a third unit to be installed in a second phase. The Kajaki dam is considered a high priority for ensuring adequate water resources for irrigation and power generation in the province. The 100 m-high dam was commissioned in 1953, with a power station with two 16.5 MW units completed by Morrison-Knudsen, under contract for Afghanistan’s Government, in 1975.
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