A United States-funded Afghan power plant is in a near state of ruin due to lack of use at the facility, according to a recent government audit.
The Tarakhil Power Plant, located in Kabul, was intended to be a major supplier of power to the region. However, the federal audit found that the $335 million American taxpayer-funded plant is producing a meager 0.34 percent of power on the Kabul grid.
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch reports:
Tarakhil, a diesel-fueled plant constructed outside of Kabul was expected to provide affordable and reliable electricity considered critical to the economic growth and stability of Afghanistan. Instead it contributes a relatively small amount of electricity to the power grid serving Kabul, a federal investigation found. From February 2014 through April 2015, the Tarakhil Power Plant produced a mere 0.34 percent of the total power on the Kabul grid, according to the probe which was conducted by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).