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Cablegate: Letter From Afghanistan Minister of Energy and Water

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UNCLAS KABUL 000935

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SIPDIS

DEPT FOR SCA/FO, SCA/RA, AND SCA/A
DEPT PASS AID/ANE
DEPT ALSO PASS OPIC AND TDA
CENTCOM FOR CG CFC-A
NSC FOR AHARRIMAN
TREASURY PASS TO LMCDONALD, ABAUKOL, AND JCIORCIARI
OSD FOR BREZINZSKI
COMMMERCE FOR DEES

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SUBJECT: LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN MINISTER OF ENERGY AND WATER

(U) This message contains SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED information.
Please protect accordingly.

1. Post has received the following letter from Minister of Energy
and Water Ismail Khan requesting USG assistance with purchase of 100
MW of electrical generating equipment for Kabul.

2. BEGIN TEXT

Date: 13 March 2007

From:

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ministry of Energy and Water

To:

The Honerable Ronald E. Neumann
United States Embassy
Kabul, Afgahnistan

Re: 100 MW Power Plant

Dear Mr. Neumann:

As you are well aware, Kabul continues to face a crisis in the power
sector. The current power generating capacity is very low and
customer power distribution is taking place on a very limited
basis.

The 220 kV transmission line (NEPS) is expected to take at least
another two years before it can import power from the Central Asian
Republics. Furthermore, the amount of power to be imported is
insufficient to meet the demands of Kabul.

There is an urgent need to provide stable power to Kabul's
customers, which include government agencies, diplomatic missions
and public service agencies.

On behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Water, we are requesting the
Government of the United States to provide us with assistance in
procuring a 100 MW power plant which included a complete substation
to compliment our 110 kV network.

We are grateful for all the assistance the United States Government
has provided to Afghanistan in the energy sector.

Yours truly,

(Signed)

Al-Haj Mohammed Ismael
Minister of Energy and Water
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

END TEXT

3.(SBU) COMMENT: To proceed with the project, Post will need to
receive a letter from Finance Minister Ahady specifying a particular
generator configuration and committing the GOA to pay $20 million
toward the capital cost of the project and to pay for the operation
and maintenance of the equipment, including the purchase of all fuel
to run the generators. We will advise the GOA of this requirement
as soon after the Naw Ruz holiday as possible. END COMMENT.

NEUMANN

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