Conditions of Kyrgyzstan's energy sector are unsatisfactory

Oct 31, 2001 01:00 AM

Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akayev said at a meeting of the national Security council in Bishkek on October 25 that conditions in the local energy sector were unsatisfactory. The government has not taken the action necessary to ensure that Kyrgyzstan's reserves of oil, coal and other fuels are adequate for the winter, he said.
He was speaking shortly after Uzbekneftegaz, Uzbekistan's national oil and gas company, halted deliveries of natural gas to Kyrgyzstan. The cut-off came after officials in Tashkent accused Kyrgyzstan of failing to provide 2.2 mm kWh of power from hydro-electric plants as called for under a mutual energy and water supply agreement.

Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Kurmanbek Bakiyev conceded that Bishkek had in fact not met its obligations under the agreement. However, the two sides failed to reach a resolution on issues of supply and payment for fuel already delivered at meetings in mid-October, and Uzbekneftegaz stopped supplying gas to Kyrgyzstan on October 17.
After the cut-off, gas-fired power plants in Kyrgyzstan began using stored gas. Akayev noted, however, that the country had little room to manoeuvre in this area because reserves were so low. As such, he said, hydro-electric plants should increase their output by 1 bn kWh per year in order to relieve the strain on gas-fired power stations.

Kyrgyzstan has the resources to produce enough electricity to meet domestic demand, Akayev added. These resources should be used so that the country does not have to import fuel and energy from neighbouring states, he said.

Source: NewsBase
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