Tajikistan to transfer its HEP in energy mode




November 26, 2009, Nazarali Pirnazarov



Tajikistan in response to withdrawal of Uzbekistan from the United Energy System (UES) of Central Asia will transfer its hydroelectric power in energy mode of operation.


Tajikistan states that withdrawal of Uzbekistan from the UES of Central Asia breaks principle of parallel work of the system. In a result supply interruptions may appear not only in Uzbekistan but in the whole region.


According to the deputy head of Central dispatch service of Open Joint-Stock Company "Barki Tojik" Sergei Tkachenko, Tajik energy system actually operates in offline mode since the end of October. He said that Uzbekistan with its unilaterally withdrawal from the UES broke all before reached agreements in water power sphere.


"No one is going to response. They tore water power agreements and we will work in energy mode on all stations of the country," said Tkachenko. He noted that Uzbekistan's withdrawal is a logical conclusion of situation in this country in recent times.


Uzbek Ambassador in Tajikistan Shokasym Shoislamov during press conference on November 23 in Dushanbe stated that henceforth countries will go by principle "pay and use".


"Let us pay each other. We support this," said Tkachenko. According to him, Tajik energy debt to Uzbekistan amounts US$ 1 million. And State Joint-Stock company "Uzbekenergo" has debts to "Barki Tojik" in amount of US$ 3.5 million.


"Ambassador's statement has a list of naked allegations addressing to Tajik energy company according to fee for delivered electricity. Tajikistan takes advanced place on fundraising in Central Asia and this experience adopt our neighbors," Tkachenko said.


Tkachenko mentioned that Uzbek diplomat does not have accurate information about conditions in energy sphere of Tajikistan. And he relied on unverified data. He added that nowadays modernization of republican hydropower stations is in progress. New transmission lines are being opened. Functioning transmission lines are under reconstruction.


Head of central dispatch service "Barki Tojik" Odinamahmad Chorshanbiev said that Tajikistan regularly faced created by Uzbekistan obstacles for implementation agreements on electricity cross-flow during autumn-winter period. However, Tajikistan did not bring claims.

"We use peaceful decision of all problems. We do not nominate ultimatums," he stated. Besides, according to him, Uzbek energy system admitted excess, which led Kazakhstan's withdrawal from UES in the beginning of this year.


He also said that currently through commissioning of transmission line "South-North" northern region of Tajikistan provided by southern grid for 70%. According to him, nowadays country has a special mode of supply. Under this cities are provided with electricity around the clock. Rural areas receive electricity not less than seven hours a day.


Adviser of Head of "Barki Tojik" Alexei Silantiev said that withdrawal of Uzbekistan breaks principles of parallel UES work and European energy charter. He mentioned that despite its withdrawal, both countries have objects depending on each others' energy systems. Moreover, according to him, Tajikistan could not reach additional output of electricity in capacity of 2 billion kilowatts per hour.


Meanwhile, Tajik Foreign Ministry stated that official Dushanbe is intended to strengthen cooperation with Uzbekistan.


"Our relationships will be developing within a spirit of friendship, good neighboring, and mutual understanding. I think that we will reach compromise in energy sphere also," stated deputy head of Department for CIS countries of external political office of Tajikistan.