Tajikistan Opens Power Line To Northern
October 31, 2009
KHUJAND, Tajikistan - A new electricity line connecting
Tajikistan's northern regions with the south will start
operating on November 1, RFE/RL's Tajik Service
The Sughd Province has been dependent on the Soviet-era
energy supply system that has provided electricity from neighboring Uzbekistan via southern Tajikistan for decades.
Faizullo Avazov, the
director of the Qairoqum hydropower station, told
RFE/RL that the new 500-kilovolt power line will add significantly to Tajikistan's energy security.
Qairoqum produces only 20 percent of Sughd's electricity needs. But Inom
Sanginov, the deputy chief of Sughd's
electricity supply system, said the new power supply system is not enough to
reduce the region's dependence on imported energy.
He added that rationing of electricity this year is likely.