|General Management and Administration|
|Advisor to the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Energy|
|Roads Operations and Maintenance / Capacity Building|
|Reactive Power Compensation for North East Power System (NEPS)|
|National Load Control Center|
|General Services - IRP Quick Response II|
|Kandahar Commercialization Advisory|
|Diesel Thermal Power Plant Operations and Maintenance|
|Bamyan-Dushi Road Design|
|Design and Construction of Regak Bridge in Oruzgan Province|
|Initial Construction of Bamyan-Dushi Road|
|Tarakhil Power Plant Operations and Maintenance|
|Reconstruction of the Keshim-Faizabad Road|
|Kajaki Dam Auxilliary Infrastructure and Supporting Services|
|General Services - Quick Response for IRP I|
|The Afghanistan Energy and Information Center|
|Road from Kajakai Dam to Ring Road|
|Ghazni to Gardez Road Design|
|Import of Power from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan|
|Strategic Provincial Roads in South and East Afghanistan|
|500/220 kV Substation for the North East Power System|
|Southern Strategy Road - Segment A|
|500 kV Transmission Line Design for North East Power System|
Background. Built with US government funding in 1953, Kajakai dam was intended to impound water for downstream irrigation in the Helmand River Valley. In the mid-1970s, a USAID-funded hydro power plant with two 16.5-megawatt (MW) generating units was installed at the foot of the dam. The two turbine-generators, called Units 1 and 3, had space between them for a planned third generator, Unit 2. Over the years the two units had seriously deteriorated.
In December 2003, when USAID contracted The Louis Berger Group to perform the rehabilitation of the powerhouse, only Unit 1 was in operation, and its output had been reduced to just 3 MW. In August 2004, Voight-Siemens, a major supplier of hydroelectric equipment, was hired to rehabilitate Unit 1, and the following January, CMIC, a Chinese manufacturer of power equipment, was contracted to repair Unit 3 and install the new Unit 2.
In July 2006, insurgent attacks forced withdrawal of personnel from Kajakai, but British forces soon established a safe zone around the dam and powerhouse. In September 2008, British forces conducted a convoy to Kajakai, transporting the Unit 2 generator, four transformers, and other essential materials and supplies. All Unit 2 material is now at Kajakai Dam.
Status. This task order contract ended on October 31, 2009. The Unit 3 turbine is rebuilt and Unit 3 generator is repaired and rebuilt. The project staff commissioned Unit 3 during the last week of September. Camp expansion of 40 units to house 80 workers is complete. The Durai Junction camp has been demobilized. Although this task order contract has ended, the Security and Camp Support work continues under a separate task order.
Anticipated Impact. The combined Kajakai hydro power plant rehabilitation and the new power transmission system are of vital importance to the region. The only alternative source of electric power is high-cost electricity from diesel units. The hydro power plant has a capacity of 51 MW which can now provide a secure and sustained renewable energy supply to this region.
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