Kyrgyzstan seeks to import electricity from Kazakhstan
Sep 12, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data
Kyrgyzstan is to buy 250 million
kilowatt hours of electricity from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz
Prime Minister Igor Chudinov said, according to
Chudinov told the press that the possibility
of importing electricity was discussed when the
Djambul power station was launched in Kazakhstan.
An energy crisis ahead of winter has
forced the Kyrgyz government to seek additional
energy supplies. The Prime Minister said the government
intended to buy electricity from Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan. However, Tajikistan will not be able
to export electricity this year. The Kyrgyz government
has also tried to secure gas supplies from Uzbekistan
to the power plant in the capital, Bishkek.
Akhmed Djundubaev, a specialist from
the Kyrgyz scientific energy centre, said it would
be more profitable for the country to import electricity
rather than to further exploit the Toktogul hydropower
stations, which are on the verge of closure due
to extremely low water levels in the reservoir.
Kyrgyzstan needs nearly one billon
kilowatt hours of energy from September until May
2009 in order to survive cold season.
"Electricity imports from Uzbekistan
and Kazakhstan are more viable economically,"
he said to the 24.kg news agency.
The expert was surprised nothing similar
was done in spring to prevent current power cuts
throughout the country that are ruining fragile
Kyrgyz economy. He also warned that if the government
fails to strike a deal with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
now the Toktogul power stations will stop working