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Afghanistan’s Power Sector Update: Outlook remains uncertain

The total power generation capacity in Afghanistan stood at 641 MW in 2020 as per the latest available statistics from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). About 52 per cent of the capacity (333 MW) was accounted for by hydro, 43 per cent (277 MW) by thermal and the remaining 5 per cent (31 MW) by solar. Generation capacity addition has been paltry over the years with the installed capacity recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 per cent between 2006 and 2020.

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Cross-border power market in South Asia

While India is coal dominated at present, it is moving towards renewable power. Afghanistan is hydro dominated and is mainly an importer of electricity. Bhutan is the only country in South Asia where electricity is the main export commodity. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is mainly gas dominated, but faces several resource constraints.

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