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Cablegate: Af: Update: 100 Mw Power Plant Project for Kabul

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E.O. 12958 N/A
TAGS: ENRG EFIN EPET ETRD KPWR EAID PGOV AF
SUBJECT: AF: Update: 100 MW Power Plant Project for Kabul

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Reftel: Kabul 936 and previous

1. (SBU) On August 26, 2007 the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water
(MEW) sent a letter to USAID officially allocating a suitable site
for the 100 MW Power Plant for Kabul. The site, designated landsite
number #1130, (previously internally referenced as the "8/20" site
as it was identified on August 20) is larger than previously
proposed sites and close to existing power lines. Official title to
the land is "in the works."

2. (SBU) As explained to USAID officials, a Ministry of Urban
Development (MUD) committee must meet to approve the allocation of
land to the project, determine that the allocation is for the good
of the nation, and thereby nullify any physical claims on the land.
Should landowners present themselves, the IRoA is then responsible
for compensating them. The minutes of the relevant MUD meeting have
been published in Dari and shown to EmbOffs. An English translation
is pending. The land issue now appears to be closed.

3. (SBU) The MEW has appointed a project liaison officer within the
Ministry to work with contractor LBG/BVI. The ministry also
encouraged the contractor to begin moving equipment to the site.
With this move, official police protection can be arranged for the
project site. Based on the Ministry's suggestions, LBG/BVI has
begun site preparation work. The government began site survey work
September 18. The survey is expected to be completed by COB
September 19. Once this work is complete, the contractor can begin
de-mining and erecting a perimeter fence. This preparation work is
expected to take three weeks to one month to complete.

3. (SBU) Despite the various difficulties the 100 MW Power Plant has
encountered over the past year (reftels) the project appears to be
only one week behind schedule. Adjustments may be possible once the
site has been prepared and the contractor can review/revise work
schedules and project officers expect to be able to make up the
time. All three gensets have been ordered by the contractor and the
first 67 MW of power from the plant (the first two gensets) is
expected to begin flowing into the Kabul grid in January 2009.

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