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Electricity shortage in Central Asia to be compensated from energy systems of Turkmenistan, northern Kazakhstan.

Electricity shortage in Central Asian countries will be compensated from energy systems of Turkmenistan and northern Kazakhstan -- it is expected that own energy sources across the region will be unable to produce the required scope of electricity in winter 2008-2009. This information came from the news conference given by representatives of Electric Stations, National Electric Grid of Kyrgyzstan, Severelectro, Bishkek central heating and power plant, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources. "As for expected energy system work in Central Asia, one can say it will be rather complicated as all energy systems in Central Asian region have deficits," said Murat Kalkabaev, Technical Director of the National Electric Grid of Kyrgyzstan said.Energy systems of southern Kazakhstan, including Almaty, are considered as deficit systems. The deficit of electricity amounts to around 3 billion kWh of electricity, which will be compensated by Jambul water power station that works now in full. "Kazakhstan will also try to compensate deficit with energy generation sources that are in the north by transmitting energy from the north to the south," Murat Kalkabaev said.Tajikistan's energy system does not generate enough energy as well. Electricity is mainly generated by Nurek water power station, which cannot compensate energy deficit caused by lack of water. Tajikistan is expected to lack some 3.6 billion kWh of electricity.Tajikistan reached agreement with Turkmenistan concerning supply of 26 billion kWh of electricity. 1.2 billion kWh of electricity will be supplied in the nearest time. The remaining electricity will be compensated from restricted water use.Tajikistan and Uzbekistan enacted electricity rationing. Uzbekistan may restore the consumption norm of energy resources with sufficient supply of fuel.According to MP Anash Seitkaziev, member of the parliamentary committee for fuel and energy sector, Kyrgyzstan lacks 1 billion kWh of electricity. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources is holding talks with Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan concerning possible import of electricity into Kyrgyzstan.On the whole, Central Asian countries are expected to consume no more than 16,000 MW this winter. Electricity shortage is a common problem of energy systems of the region, concluded Kalkabaev.

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Date:Sep 18, 2008
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