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Kazakh Energy Ministry: talks on restoring Central Asian Power System underway

04 August 2018 [11:31] - TODAY.AZ


The governments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are currently negotiating on restoring the parallel operation of power systems in the framework of restoration of the united Central Asian Power System (CAPS), Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told Trend.

According to him, the unified energy system of Kazakhstan is currently operating in a parallel mode with the energy systems of Russia and the CAPS (Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan).

The minister reminded that the CAPS was formed in the period of the USSR as a single energy complex of a large economic region.

“A closed 500-kilowatt power grid (the so-called 500-kilowatt ring) was built as a connecting link of the CAPS, passing through the territories of four republics - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. However, Turkmenistan withdrew from the parallel work of the CAPS in 2003,” Bozumbaev said.

The energy minister, referring to the data of the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC), noted that the unbalanced production and consumption of electricity in the CAPS in 2009 repeatedly led to overloads and emergency shutdowns of 500-kilowatt communication lines linking the north and the south of Kazakhstan.

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