Uzbekistan’s decision to withdraw from CA power grid
provoked by Tajikistan itself, says Tajik expert
9, 2009, Payrav Chroshabiyev
DUSHANBE, Asia-Plus --
Uzbek authorities’ decision to withdraw from the Central Asian power grid has
been provoked by Tajikistan itself, Georgy Petrov, the head of the hydropower engineering laboratory
within the Institute for Ecology, Hydropower Engineering and Water Problems of
the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, said in an interview with Asia-Plus.
launch of a new electricity line connecting the northern province
of Sughd with the south without proper coverage of
real appropriation and principles of work of this line in media, Tajikistan has urged Uzbekistan on such a decision,” Petrov said.
We will recall
that Tajik authorities announced in late October that a new electricity line
connecting northern regions of Tajikistan with the south will started operating on November 1.
has not had all necessary information about the new 500-kilovolt power line
South-North has interpreted this decision as Tajikistan’s real step towards
withdrawal from the Central Asian power grid,” said the expert, “As is known,
withdrawal of any member nation from the Central Asian power grid is fraught
with accidents for domestic power systems of other member
“It is not the
first statement by Uzbekistan about its intention to pull out of the Central Asian power grid and
it should not be cause for concern. There ought not to worry even about
the fact that Uzbeks will break the region’s energy ring and Tajikistan will
not receive Turkmen electricity this winter.”
him, the Turkmen electricity is not so important for Tajikistan, because Tajikistan is now able to meet its requirements in electricity by
itself. “It is just necessary to organize normal work of the domestic
power system of the country,” Petrov said.
Uzbekistan’s withdrawal from
CA power grid may have grave consequences not only for Tajikistan, says PM
9, 2009, Avaz Yuldoshev
-- Uzbekistan’s decision to pull out of Central
Asia’s power grid may have grave
consequences not only for Tajikistan, it may also have serious consequences for Uzbekistan itself, the head of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) Committee on Energy, Industry and
Construction, Mirzosharif Islomiddinov,
said in an interview with Asia-Plus.
him, this decision of Uzbek authorities will make power interchange between the
two countries impossible.
“If Tajikistan and Uzbekistan come to an agreement, it will be possible to provide Turkmen
electricity deliveries to Tajikistan via Uzbek power systems even if Uzbekistan withdraws from the Central Asian power grid,” MP said.
He noted that Central Asia could face water
shortage problems in the summer. “Under
the circumstances, Tajikistan is forced to use its water reserves to produce
additional energy due to a deficit of electricity,” said Islomiddinov,
“Using water to produce electricity, in turns, can lead to a water deficit in
Uzbekistan in the summer because in the summer, we will fill our reservoirs
We will recall
that Uzbekistan plans to pull out of the Central Asian power grid on December 1