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07KABUL1206
2007-04-11 11:50:00
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Embassy Kabul
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Afghanistan Energy: Letter From Ministers of Finance and

Tags:   ENGR  EAID  ECON  ETRD  KPWR  PGOV  AF 
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 KABUL 001206 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR SCA/FO, SCA/RA, AND SCA/A
DEPT PASS AID/ANE
DEPT ALSO PASS OPIC AND TDA
CENTCOM FOR CG CFC-A
NSC FOR AHARRIMAN
TREASURY PASS TO LMCDONALD, ABAUKOL, AND JCIORCIARI
OSD FOR BRERZINZSKI
COMMERCE FOR DEES

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958 N/A
TAGS: ENGR EAID ECON ETRD KPWR PGOV AF
SUBJECT: Afghanistan Energy: Letter From Ministers of Finance and
Economy Requesting Kabul Power Supply Assistance

Ref: A) Kabul 1033; B) Kabul 936/935;
C) Kabul 692/317/274/162; D) 06 Kabul 5353/5194/4319 and previous

Sensitive But Unclassified

(U) This is an action request message -- see para 3.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 KABUL 001206

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR SCA/FO, SCA/RA, AND SCA/A
DEPT PASS AID/ANE
DEPT ALSO PASS OPIC AND TDA
CENTCOM FOR CG CFC-A
NSC FOR AHARRIMAN
TREASURY PASS TO LMCDONALD, ABAUKOL, AND JCIORCIARI
OSD FOR BRERZINZSKI
COMMERCE FOR DEES

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958 N/A
TAGS: ENGR EAID ECON ETRD KPWR PGOV AF
SUBJECT: Afghanistan Energy: Letter From Ministers of Finance and
Economy Requesting Kabul Power Supply Assistance

Ref: A) Kabul 1033; B) Kabul 936/935;
C) Kabul 692/317/274/162; D) 06 Kabul 5353/5194/4319 and previous

Sensitive But Unclassified

(U) This is an action request message -- see para 3.


1. (U) On April 4, Embassy received para 4 letter from Minister of
Finance Dr. Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady and Minister of Economy Dr. Mohammad
Jalil Shams regarding energy sector commitments the GOA is prepared
to make. The Ahady/Shams letter is in response to the Ambassador's
March 29 letter offering USG support in installing an additional 100
MW of electricity capacity in Kabul. Embassy will email copy to
SCA/A.


2. (SBU) Per ref A and B, concerned Mission elements have been
engaged with the donor community and the GOA in preparing a proposal
to enhance the supply of power in Kabul. An important part of this
proposal is USG conditionality -- a series of actions that we would
like the GOA to take in the energy sector. The Ahady/Shams letter
agrees fully to the U.S. policy and financial conditions, developed
in conjunction with Washington. We are proceeding quickly on other
steps that need to be taken, including technical assessment of the
type of generators needed, the location of these generators, the
capacity of the Kabul grid, and preparation of request for
proposals. We have already identified existing or pipelined
resources for the USG contribution to the proposal:

-- $26 million of the $76 million currently slated for the Kajaki
transmission line. This amount is not needed at this time due to
the security environment in northern Helmand and parts of Kandahar
province. The $26 million would be back-filled with a portion of
the FY 2008 $143 million base request.

-- $18 million requested in the FY 2007 supplemental for "keeping

the lights on" in Kabul.

-- $66 million requested in the FY 2007 supplemental for "strategic
provincial roads," out of the total planning level of $186 million.
The $66 million can be redirected because the extreme security
conditions where three of the four roads are located -- northern
Kandahar, northern Helmand and eastern Farah provinces -- do not
allow work to begin.


3. (SBU) Action Request: Further to ref A, Embassy requests
Washington agencies to commence Congressional consultations and
notifications at the earliest. Embassy understands the awkwardness
of notifying/consulting on reprogramming of funds in the FY 2007
supplemental because the measure has not yet been passed by
Congress. We request, however, that a way be found around this
because of the extreme time sensitivity of the issue. In Embassy's
view the ability to use the $18 million in FY 2007 supplemental
"keeping the lights on" funding and the $26 million in Kajakai
resources should only require Congressional consultations since
these funds were originally notified for the power sector.
Reprogramming the $66 million from provincial roads in the FY 2007
supplemental will require a Congressional notification. We should
stress to Congress that:

- We are meeting a critical economic and political need and need to
do so before the 2009 election;
- The capacity we propose to install will be needed in any event;
there is no duplication or wastage of resources.
- We are insisting on major cost sharing and policy actions from the
GOA as a condition of our assistance.


4. (U) Text of Ahady/Shams letter:

KABUL 00001206 002 OF 003



Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

April 4, 2007

Ronald E. Neumann
Ambassador, United States Embassy
Kabul, Afghanistan

Dear Excellency:

Thank you for your letter dated March 29, 2007. The Government of
Afghanistan shares your concerns regarding provision of power to
Kabul and appreciates the great support that the United States of
America is ready to extend to address these challenges.

In response to your letter, we are pleases to confirm the
following:

-- In the April 2, 2007 meeting of the Cabinet, the Government
reconfirmed its decision to increase the power generating capacity
of Kabul, received with gratitude the offer made by the United
States, and instructed the relevant Ministries to take the
appropriate actions.

-- The Cabinet also approved the commitment of 20 million USD as the
Government of Afghanistan contribution towards the purchase costs of
the 100 MW reciprocating engine generators.

-- The genset package can be decided after we receive the offers,
depending on the delivery time and the technical and financial
evaluation of the offers.

-- The Government of Afghanistan is committed to paying the fuel
costs for the new generators. Regarding Operations and Maintenance,
as you are aware, all turnkey offers include the supplier's
commitment towards O&M for the short term. Beyond that time the
Government will contract the O&M with either the supplier of the
equipment or an internationally reputable O&M firm.
-- The Government of Afghanistan is committed to the corporatization
of DABM, and it is progressing well. The corporatization procedures
of state-owned enterprises, which will guide the DABM
corporatization process, were approved on March 19, 2007.

-- Outsourcing of the billing and collection process is underway.
The bidding process will begin shortly.


Thank you again for the generous offer of the United States to
support the provision of power to Kabul. We hope that the
assurances included in the letter will facilitate approval of the
funding by the U.S. Congress. If so, then we await the timely
preparation of the bidding documents by the U.S. Embassy's technical
experts.


Yours sincerely,

/s/
Dr. Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady
Minister of Finance

/s/
Dr. Mohammad Jalil Shams
Minister of Economy



KABUL 00001206 003 OF 003


cc: H.E. Mohamed Ismail Khan, Minister of Electricity and Water
cc: Professor Ishaq Nadiri, Special Economic Advisor to the
President

End Text.

NORLAND