Pamir Private Power Project - Phase III

In 2015, a natural disaster served as a wake-up call for Pamir Energy (PE) and dramatically demonstrated the need to increase the company's resilience. In parallel, PE needs to improve energy efficiency (EE) in order to meet growing demand. The project therefore aims to strengthen PE's capacity in two focal areas: a) increase resilience in a region highly prone to natural hazards and b) increase EE as cost effective way to meet growing energy demand.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
01.06.2019 - 31.12.2024
CHF  9’357’500

The 3rd and final phase of the Pamir Private Power Project (PPPP III) builds on the positive results of the previous two phases and continues the well-established cooperation with the highly committed and reliable partner PE.Also thanks to SECO?s support, PE made considerable achievements since its foundation in 2002, providing access to clean and affordable electricity for 96% of households in the poorest region of Tajikistan facing considerable challenges.


To improve living conditions and support economic development in the Pamir region through the provision of reliable, affordable and sustainable access to electricity supply.

Medium-term outcomes

Increased resilience of electricity supply through improved capacity at Pamir Energy to assess, manage and mitigate natural and operational risks. Secure energy supply to Khorog City and strategic infrastructure through backup systems and fast recovery.

Improved capacity for demand side management and increased energy efficiency to improve operational performance and financial sustainability of Pamir Energy.


Expected results:  

PE's capacity to assess, manage and mitigate natural and operational risks is improved.

Resilience and DRR aspects are integrated into standard operating procedures and business strategy.

PE's understanding of potential climate change impacts on its operations has improved.

The capacity of PE for demand side management to shift peak demand to off-peak hours increased.

The performance and service provision of PE improved (technical losses and down times reduced, ability to meet higher peak demand).

PE's financial situation improved through more efficient use of its assets resulting in increased revenues.

New resilient tansmission line between Sebzor and Khorog built (18km) and voltage upgrade between Pamir 1 and Khorog realized (substations installed).

Results from previous phases:  

Under Phase I, SECO supported the establishment of PE as a private-public partnership (PPP) together with other donors and partners (WB, IFC, AKFED) through phasing in higher tariffs and in subsidising the electricity payments of poor consumers. Under Phase II, SECO continued this support with the introduction of a new targeted lifeline customer support scheme for PE's residential customers still being in use today. In parallel, SECO also supported the succesful implementation of a re-metering programme (98.25% of all consumers metered), creating consumer trust through clear and transparent billing and contributing substantially to PE?s excellent collection ratio (near 100%). Responding to a natural disaster, SECO started under PPPP II to support PE in strengthening its resilience through a combination of capacity building measures and the development of a DRR roadmap with early recovery assistance.

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
  • Ministry of Finance

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    9’357’500 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    10’225’000
Project phases Phase 3 01.06.2019 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.03.2011 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)