Not every company has the resources, know-how or guts to take on a project in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, when the U.S. Defense Department decided to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Sheberghan - a city of 1,50,000 located in northern Afghanistan along the Silk Road - Atlas Copco took up the challenge. "On a scale of 1 to 10, this one was about 20 in difficulty" says Alec Shapiro, an independent energy consultant to the U.S. Defense Department who helped coordinate the project.
Since 2002, the US government has spent approximately SEK 485 (Euro 55) billions on programs designed to secure and stabilize Afghanistan, while helping rebuild its infrastructure. Among those programs was the new CNG station in Sheberghan. Atlas Copco Pakistan provided a variety of equipment and services for the construction and operation of the station. Below is a list of just a few of the Group's contributions:
People came up from Atlas Copco Pakistan and stayed through all the delays. They showed amazing commitment to a customer relationship.”