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Human and Institutional Capacity Building for Energy and Natural Resources Sector (HICB)

AEAI was prime contractor for a $17 million USAID energy sector capacity building program launched in late August 2008 in collaboration with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA). The project provided technical, managerial, and administrative capacity building in the Afghan electricity sector, primarily for the Ministry of Energy & Water (MEW) and the main utility company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)/ Afghanistan Electricity Corporation.

USAID-sponsored HICB: Training course.
(Photo by Afghanistan HICB Program staff, 2009)

The program supported MEW’s donor coordination activities and the development of MEW’s Vocational Training Center (VTC), a vocational school for electrical technicians. AEAI provided capacity building at DABS for O&M of transmission and distribution systems; at MEW for planning, regulation, public awareness and donor coordination and project management; and launched two-year post-graduate diploma programs at the Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic University for training on O&M activities for transmission and distribution systems and in hydropower plant operations. The project provided over 1,275,000 instructional hours for over 4,120 trainees including 346 women and 368 DABS staff outside of Kabul Province. ¬†Other achievements were:

  • The Electricity Law was drafted, revised and submitted to MEW and the Justice Department.

  • Representatives from MEW, DABS, MoHE, MRRD, MoM, MoEc, ANSA and the Civil Service Commission collaborated to draft an Energy Sector Capacity Building Strategy under the Inter-ministerial Commission on Energy (ICE) Subcommittee for Capacity Building.

  • The North East Power System (NEPS) was energized in May 2009, two years ahead of schedule, with training support from the HICB project for NEPS personnel. MEW commended AEAI and four of its team members for their contributions toward this effort.

  • NEPS was reconfigured to increase power delivery to Kabul from 70 MW to 125 MW.

  • NEPS completion and related capacity building enabled provision of electricity service to about 450,000 additional customers in the provinces outside Kabul and subsequently to about 175,000 customers, with improved system reliability and quality of service.

  • Assistance to DABS from 2008 to 2009 increased its revenue from $3.2 million to $8.9 million, representing a 278% increase during the period.

  • Revenue realized from NEPS for Kabul power deliveries alone after the project-assisted energization of NEPS was approximately $7.2 million per month (up to December 2009) with the profit from NEPS was approximately $2.37 million per month for the same period.

  • DABS technical losses in Kabul were reduced by 12% through December 2009, representing an estimated $360,000/month in increased revenues.

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Ongoing repairs at Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station - Pakistan
USAID/Afghanistan-sponsored Human and Institutional
Capacity Building for Energy and Natural Resources Sector
Program: Energy Sector Certificate Awards Ceremony, Afghanistan, June 2010.
(Photo by Program Staff)

Ongoing repairs at Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station - Pakistan
Afghanistan Government Award to AEAI for NEPS
Completion, 2009

USAID/Afghanistan-supported NEPS International
Connection and Energization in 2009.
(Photo by USAID/Afghanistan HICB Program Staff)

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