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Tender commission chair: Electricity prices dictated by Kazakh energy companies, not Kyrgyzstan.

The prices of electricity to be exported to Kazakhstan are dictated by Kazakh energy companies, not Kyrgyzstan, Kutbidin Najimidinov, tender commission chair and chief of electricity export division of Electric Stations, said in an interview with Business AKIpress.Kazakhstan has set the limit prices for electricity purchase and formalized them in legislation, he explained. Kazakh energy companies can purchase electricity based on the decree of the Government of Kazakhstan of 25 March 2009, which sets forth upper limit prices for electricity at 3.1 cents."Kyrgyzstan had to drop tariffs 15-20% to enter the market of Kazakhstan before, now we are not doing this. If Kyrgyzstan offers high prices, Kazakh companies will not consider our offer. We wouldn't like to drop prices, but we are entering the market of another country and have to follow their game rules," Najimidinov said.The proposed price includes costs for power transmission by the National Power Grid of Kyrgyzstan, but Kazakh energy companies will have to pay customs fees as well.Besides, the second high voltage power transmission line south-north was launched in Kazakhstan. During repair of the only line Kazakhstan had to buy electricity from Kyrgyzstan in previous years, with the second power transmission line put into operation Kazakhstan does not need Kyrgyz electricity," Najimidinov said.

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Date:Jul 8, 2010
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