By Kamila Aliyeva
Kyrgyzstan will continue the summer export of electricity to Uzbekistan, the press service of the state-run company, Electric Stations JSC, reported.
This is done to rationally use the water and energy resources of Kyrgyzstan within the framework of good-neighborly relations with Uzbekistan.
In total, 500 million kilowatt-hours will be exported at a price of 2 cents per kilowatt-hour. According to the agreement, between Electric Stations JSC (Kyrgyzstan) and Uzbekenergo JSC (Uzbekistan), electricity exports to Uzbekistan were launched today, on June 8, 2018, and will last until August 2018.
Daily supplies will be adjusted based on technical capabilities and availability of water in the Toktogul reservoir.
Uzbekistan last year began buying cheap electricity from Kyrgyzstan. Deliveries were started on June 16 as part of a contract concluded between Electric Stations and Uzbekenergo. According to representatives of the Uzbek side, this is done to optimize the operation of the energy system and provide the agricultural sector with water resources.
After the summer exports (June-October) in the amount of 1.1 billion kWh of electricity, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have concluded an agreement on the export of electricity in the amount of 550 million kWh from December 2017 to March 2018. The cost of one kilowatt-hour under the contract was 2.4 cents.
Currently, Uzbekenergo annually produces over 60 billion kWh of electricity, of which 10 percent is produced by HPPs and 90 percent by thermal power stations. Electricity consumption in the country is increasing every year. So, if in 2000 the monthly consumption of one family was 114 kWh, then by 2016 it increased by 35 percent and reached 160 kWh.
Previously, Central Asia had a unified energy system. It included 83 power plants with total capacity of 25,000 megawatts in the territory of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and southern Kazakhstan.
In winter, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan accumulated water in reservoirs and received electricity and energy resources (coal and natural gas) from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In summer, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan sent water to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan for irrigation farming.
However, after Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan left the unified energy system of Central Asia in 2003 and 2009, respectively, the system ceased to function.
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