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Electricity: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Settlement

Wednesday 11 January 2012

(AKIpress) – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have resolved situation with unsanctioned outtake of power by Uzbekistan, AKIpress news agency reported.

The delegation of Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company and Uzbekenergo held talks in Tashkent on December 26-29 regarding regulation of the situation on the border of the power grid of Kazakhstan and the Central Asian power grid, KEGOC said. The two agreements were signed in the result of the talks, including the agreement on purchase of electric power from the power grid of Kazakhstan by Uzbekistan and the agreement on delivery of services for power capacity regulation.

The signed agreements will help stabilize the situation with power grids and will ensure reliable power supplies for southern Kazakhstan, KEGOC press service said. The energy system of Uzbekistan took power from the power grid of Kazakhstan previously without prior approval for this. This situation led to malfunctions of the power grid and electricity rationing in central and southern parts of Kazakhstan. KEGOC announced on December 21 that it may quit the Central Asian power grid following the malfunction in the Central Asian power grid on December 20. The power transmission was interrupted 3 times due to outtake of power by the energy system of Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan’s Energy Minister Askar Shadiev said at that time Kyrgyzstan will face electricity rationing up to 40% in case Kazakhstan withdraws from the Central Asian power grid. The Central Asian power grid is the bloc of energy systems connected with 220 and 500 kV lines working simultaneously with the power grid of Russia through the grid of Kazakhstan. The bloc includes southern part of power grid of Kazakhstan, power grids of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. Turkmenistan withdrew from the Central Asian grid in June 2003. The Central Asian grid is administered by the control centre Energiya.

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