Tajikistan Begins Supplying Power to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan
Jun 8, 2008 - BBC Monitoring Central Asia
Tajikistan has begun supplying electricity to neighbouring
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. This was announced today by
the Barki Tojik state energy holding company which said
exports had become possible after a sharp increase in output
in the country's hydropower stations, chiefly at its largest
The head of the energy holding company's press office,
Nazir Yodgori, said June's high temperature (reaching 37
degrees Celsius) had led to a massive thaw in glaciers in
the Pamir mountains, resulting in reservoirs filling up
fast. Tajikistan has completely lifted restrictions on power
supply after its use had been limited to four hours a day
for more than seven months.
At the moment, the energy holding company (monopoly) supplies
Uzbekistan with up to 6m kWh of power a day and plans to
pay off its debts to Uzbek suppliers over the summer months.
[Passage omitted: Uzbekistan provided electricity to Tajikistan
while it experienced energy crisis last winter; Tajik officials
believe that they will be able to avoid crisis this year
by putting more power-generating facilities into operation]
Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow,
in Russian 0505 08 Jun 08.
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