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ADB grants $54 million to improve Tajikistan electricity supply

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on Wednesday a $54 million grant that will help fund Tajikistan's efforts to improve electrical supply lines.

The effort is to prevent further energy loss by installing metering systems throughout the grid and by installing other systems to aid transport of energy.

“Investments in loss reduction are a priority for the energy sector,” said ADB's Central and West Asia Department Senior Energy Specialist Levan Mtchedlishvili. “And this project will enable Barki Tojik to account for all electricity flows and associated costs. It will quantify technical and nontechnical losses at the wholesale level of the entire grid.”

The plan includes a 95-kilometer line of transmission that will connect the Rudaki and Aynie substations. The funding will also allow the restructuring of Barki Tojik to continue, to increase its efficiency. The power company, in partnership with the Tajikistan government, plans to complete this by 2020.

The bank has approved over $430 million to the country in multiple development projects.

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