Kyrgyzstan and Unified Energy System of Russia (UES) have as a result of a CIS Electric Energy Council meeting defined specific avenues for bilateral cooperation in the energy industry, general director of Electric Stations Sagyndyk Dordoyev has told Interfax.
The 23rd session of the Commonwealth of Independent States Electric Energy Council was held June 27-28 in the city of Cholpon-Ata under the chairmanship of UES CEO Anatoly Chubais.
Dordoyev said that cooperation could develop in two directions: the prospective participation of UES in building the Kambaratinsky hydroelectric power station (GES) on the river Naryn and the possible export of Kyrgyz electricity to Russia.
Export volume currently depends of water levels in Kyrgyzstan, as well as in neighboring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In a wet summer like this year's, these other countries reject water for irrigating their crops and resultant electricity production from discharging it. In such instances, Kyrgyzstan finds it difficult to supply fuel for its thermal electric stations.
Dordoyev noted that it has been decided to work out procedures for schemes for supplying Kyrgyz electricity to Russia and calculate the economic feasibility of the project.
"It is important for us that the understanding has come about that a scheme for selling Kyrgyz electricity to Russia via Kazakhstan is realistic. Now we are working on these issues specifically," Dordoyev said. In his view, it would be a great achievement for Kyrgyzstan if it could "get onto Russia's energy market this year."
As reported earlier, the building of the Kambaratinsky complex was begun in 1990. Two years ago, Kyrgyzstan announced that the republic was hoping to wrap up the construction and start operating the facilities with Russia's help. This past April, Kyrgyzstan resumed the construction of the second power plant there using its own money.
Dordoyev said that 43.8 million soms was spent in the first half, and plans call for bringing that figure to around 50 million by the end of the year. However, he noted, these funds are not enough to complete the plant's outfitting, the cost of which is estimated at $230 million.
This construction has regional significance, and its completion will to a large degree make it possible to resolve water-energy problems for the whole Central Asian region, Dordoyev said.
In the first half of this year, Kyrgyzstan increased electric power exports 73% over the same period of last year to 260.8 million kilowatt-hours. The country produced 19% more electricity in the half-7.155 billion kW/h. Hydroelectricity accounted for 6.549 billion kW/h of power, thermal power stations 605.5 million kW/h.
Interfax, July 04, 2003