US to Reconstruct Existing Sheberghan - Mazar Gas Pipeline, Build New 94 km Pipeline & Install Gas Refinery Plant

May 8, 2013

The Minister of Mines and Petroleum, H. E. Wahidullah Shahrani, signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) in Sheberghan with the United States government for work related to Afghanistan’s natural gas industry.

According to these MOU’s, the US government will

(1)  Rehabilitate the existing 89 km Sheberghan - Mazar gas pipeline, which supplies the Northern Fertilizer Power Plant (NFPP) in Mazar-e-Sharif. Operating for more than 30 years, fertilizer and power production have been well below capacity due to the poor condition of the existing pipeline.

(2)  Build a new, 94 km pipeline between Sheberghan and Mazar, and install a gas refinery plant in Yateemtaq.

Upon completion of the project, residents will have a secure supply of natural gas for heating and cooking.  Additional gas will be allocated to fertilizer and power production, industrial parks and new CNG stations in Mazar. The construction of these pipelines is an important step in Afghanistan’s quest to become self-reliant in providing clean energy to residents and businesses.

The total cost of the project is estimated at US$32 million, and will be implemented by Afghan Gas Enterprise. Completion is scheduled for June 2014.