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EDB grant for Bishkek HPP to be spent on overload protection

The Eurasian Development Bank’s (EDB) representatives told the details of the signed agreement on providing technical assistance for the purchase of equipment for Bishkek heating and power plant (HPP).

The agreement was concluded between EDB and Electric Stations OJSC. The project, financed by the bank’s Technical Assistance Fund (TAF), is aimed at eliminating the consequences of the breakdown at the HPP, which occurred on February 2, 2024.

The agreement provides for the purchase of necessary equipment, including low-voltage switchgear, which will provide protection against overloads and short circuits in the networks.

Total funding for the project is approximately $500,000. This is an irrevocable and non-repayable grant.

«We seek not only to restore the functioning of the energy infrastructure, but also to improve conditions for the future development and modernization of the city’s energy supply system,» said EDB Senior Managing Director Denis Ilin.

Recall, the breakdown occurred at the Bishkek HPP on February 2 at night. Five people were injured. Schools and kindergartens in the capital were transferred to online classes. The full supply of heat and hot water in Bishkek was restored on February 7. On February 9, the republican headquarters reported the completion of elimination works at the facility. An interdepartmental commission on finding out the reasons for the emergency situation at the city’s HPP finished its work in April. Due to technical and organizational violations, there was an explosion in the mill No. 18, which led to the shutdown of the entire old block of the HPP. The preliminary damage from the breakdown amounted to 69,630 million soms.