Afghanistan’s capital could possibly be plunged into darkness because the winter units in as a result of the nation’s new Taliban rulers haven’t paid Central Asian electricity suppliers or resumed gathering cash from customers.

Unless addressed, the scenario may trigger a humanitarian catastrophe, warned Daud Noorzai, who resigned as chief government of the nation’s state energy monopoly, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, almost two weeks after the Taliban’s takeover on Aug. 15.

A Taliban fighter, foreground, and a group of Afghan men attend Friday prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

A Taliban fighter, foreground, and a bunch of Afghan males attend Friday prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

“The consequences would be countrywide, but especially in Kabul. There will be blackout and it would bring Afghanistan back to the Dark Ages when it comes to power and to telecommunications,” mentioned Mr. Noorzai, who stays in shut contact with DABS’s remaining administration. “This would be a really dangerous situation.”


Electricity imports from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan account for half of Afghanistan’s energy consumption nationwide, with Iran offering extra provides to the nation’s west. Domestic manufacturing, largely at hydropower stations, has been affected by this 12 months’s drought. Afghanistan lacks a nationwide energy grid, and Kabul relies upon nearly fully on imported energy from Central Asia.

Currently, energy is ample within the Afghan capital, a uncommon—if transient—enchancment because the Taliban takeover. In half, that’s as a result of the Taliban not assault the transmission strains from Central Asia. Another purpose is that, with trade at a standstill and army and authorities amenities largely idle, a a lot larger share of the facility provide finally ends up with residential customers, eliminating the rolling blackouts that was commonplace.

That, nonetheless, is more likely to come to an abrupt finish if the Central Asian suppliers—notably Tajikistan, whose relationship with the Taliban is quickly deteriorating—determine to chop off DABS for nonpayment.