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Energy Sector Development Investment Program – Tranche I and II

Our Role

SMEC was engaged to provide engineering, design and project management advisory services.

SMEC is providing engineering services for the construction of transmission lines, substations and distribution networks, and advising Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on project implementation, assisting with bid evaluation and contract negotiations and supervising works commissioning.

SMEC’s scope of work included:

  • Concept review
  • Inspecting existing facilities
  • Collecting all available data on existing transmission lines and substations
  • Detailed schedules and costings
  • Detailed review of Afghanistan’s regulatory, financial and legislative environments that govern the power sector
  • Preparation of conceptual designs for Tranches I and II
  • Developing site surveys, layouts, basic designs, bid documents and bid processes
  • Assisting with bid evaluation and contract negotiations
  • Construction supervision
  • Ensure project compliance with specifications
  • Implement capacity building program
  • Review contractors' commissioning programs and provide recommendations as required
  • Preparation of Environmental and Resettlement Safeguards Implementation Plan

Project Overview

This project is part of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Afghanistan’s Energy Sector Development Investment Program (ESDIP) which aims to connect more than 80,000 people to the power network in Afghanistan’s northern, southern and eastern regions.

The Program will provide a sustainable yet cost effective power supply through improvements in transmission and distribution systems, and strengthen the institutional capacity (commercial, technical and managerial functions) of the Afghani power utility company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Tranche I and Tranche II of this Program comprises construction of 220 kV transmission lines, 220/110/20 kV substations and extensive 20 kV distribution networks.

Technical Area:
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)

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