Short and long term energy solutions in southern Afghanistan

Hydroelectricity is the predominant power source for Afghanistan, and the Kajakai Hydro Power Plant in Helmand Province is the main source of electricity for the cities of Kandahar, Lashkar Gah and Qalat in southern Afghanistan. In September 2003, Kajakai’s two existing hydro turbines failed, greatly reducing electricity output.

Challenge
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) called on Louis Berger to swiftly provide emergency power generation with full on-site operations and maintenance services in Kandahar, Lashkar Gah and Qalat.

Solution
Louis Berger ensured that short term, immediate sources of electrical power were available while working on longer-term, more sustainable and lower-cost solutions involving refurbishment of the Kajakai Hydro Power Plant. On behalf of USAID, Louis Berger deployed generator sets and supplied emergency diesel power generation with full on-site operations and maintenance services in Kandahar (10 MW base power, 12 MW peak), Lashkar Gah (3 MW) and Qalat (1 MW). In addition, Louis Berger provided bulk storage and supplied up to 100,000 liters of fuel for the sites on a daily basis.