Middle East

January 28, 2013

Iran-donated power plants won’t dent Afghans’ energy needs

The Iranian plants can produce electricity at a cost of nearly $1 per kilowatt hour. The American-built Tarakhil plant is much more efficient, at perhaps 23 cents per kilowatt hour. Still, it’s far too expensive to run except for a little while on the coldest days, when Kabul’s demand peaks, or if something goes wrong with the transmission lines from Uzbekistan, which sells Afghanistan power for 7 cents per kilowatt hour.

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