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Thursday 7 July 2011

Tajikistan Completes Construction of New Transmission Line Link to Central Asian Power Grid


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Tajikistan’s state power utility Barq-i-Tojik (برق تاجیک) has completed work on a new 220-kV power transmission line that will link up to the unified Central Asian power grid, according to the Avesta news agency.

Sangtuda 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant

Avesta reports that the Sangtuda-2-Sarband power line, which runs 27.6 km from the Sangtuda-2 hydro-power plant (HPP) to the Sarband substation, will allow power generated by the HPP to be supplied to the Central Asian unified grid once the transmission line is commissioned at the end of August. The transmission line has a capacity to deliver 110MW of electricity.

The transmission line link could be important not only in improving Tajikistan’s electricity infrastructure, but also in boosting confidence among the country’s Central Asian neighbours that Tajikistan will not continue to be a drag on the unified power grid and thus a threat to the region’s energy security. Tajikistan’s lack of sufficient power generation capacity to meet its own needs, together with the country’s over-reliance on seasonal hydro-power, has caused friction in recent years when Tajikistan has withdrawn more electricity from the unified Central Asian grid than it contributed, prompting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to pull out of the unified grid in order to protect their own energy security.

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