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Tajikistan refuses to supply electricity to Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan refused to supply electricity to Kyrgyzstan. The Tajik media reported.

According to them, the day before the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan Usmonali Usmonzoda  said at a press conference, that due to the increased needs of enterprises in Sughd region, country can not supply the requested amount of electricity to Kyrgyzstan. "We have refused to supply the electricity to Kyrgyzstan, as they have requested a large amount, about 2 billion kilowatt-hours. But in the current environment, our northern region also needs a large volume of electricity. The region has many companies working around the clock that consume a lot of electricity. Now we can deliver about 50-60 megawatts of electricity," the Minister said.

As the National Energy Holding informed 24.kg news agency, it did not receive any formal response from Tajikistan so far. According to power engineers, the proposal is still under consideration.

 The Government has instructed power companies to negotiate with Tajikistan on exchange of electricity that will reduce discharge of water from Toktogul reservoir, and as for Tajikistan it will reduce idle discharges from Vakhsh HPP cascade and increase the useful power output. Kyrgyzstan plans to negotiate with the Republic of Tajikistan on the supply of 1.5-2 million kilowatt-hours per day. The Kyrgyz Republic also plans to buy electricity from Kazakhstan.