Expert: Central Asia
needs common energy system
12, 2010, V.Zhavoronkova
interconnection of energy systems is necessary in the Central Asian region,
Tajik expert on water and energy problems in Central Asia Anvar
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are considering combining their energy systems, Kazakh Ambassador
to Tajikistan Abutalip Akhmetov
said at the news conference in Dushanbe.
hope that the idleness of the United Energy System (UES) of Central Asia is a temporary
said presently the energy ministries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are negotiating the construction of power lines from the Kyrgyz Osh city to the Takjik Khujand city, which will combine the power of the three
countries in the future.
believes this is a positive and necessary step. The reason for this is that all
former Soviet Union countries have basic industries, such as gas, oil, agriculture, he
"Tajikistan is a country of mountains, and the bare rocks and glaciers cover
more than 75 percent of the territory. This territory does not bring benefit to
the Tajiks," Central Asia Intergovernmental
Coordinated Water Supply Commission Scientific Informational Center Tajik
Branch Senior Research Fellow Kamoliddinov wrote Trend
News in an e-mail.
According to Kamoliddinov, it is necessary to create a common power grid
with neighboring countries to stabilize the electricity situation in the
country. This it is important for Tajikistan to develop hydropower, he said.
periodically experiences crises.
critical period for Tajikistan's power industry comes in winter months," he said. "This winter,
the situation has been improved somewhat thanks to a sufficient accumulation of
water in the reservoir Nurek HPS, commission of
Sangtuda-1 HPS and introduction of the energy-saving lamps by the
country's energy problem must be resolved.
country needs to build Rogun HPS and several HPS on
the most favorable cross-sections of the mountain rivers to achieve sustainable
year-round supply," the expert believes. He said the country has no other alternative
sources of energy such as gas or solar power. The cost of electricity will be
much more expensive than hydroelectricity, he said. "Moreover, the gas is
proposed by Uzbekistan at European prices and is not affordable," he added.
development of the country's hydropower potential estimated at 527 billion
kilowatt hours per year stands," he said. "Tajikistan needs only 25-35 billion kilowatt hours per year for sustainable