Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 57

The government of Kyrgyzstan has announced a plan to merge its hydroelectrical energy system with Russia’s unified energy system. Hydroelectric power generation is one of Kyrgyzstan’s very few sectors with a strong export potential. Under the plan, the Russian side will acquire a 49 percent stake in Kyrgyzstan’s state power company; build a transmission line across Kyrgyzstan to connect the power systems of Russia and Kazakhstan; and establish a joint venture to complete and commission the vast Naryn power system with its series of dams, whose construction was suspended in 1992 due to lack of funds. The plan provides for a common policy of the two countries in the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity. It is designed to markedly boost Kyrgyzstan’s electricity output and enable Russia to import much of it at cheap prices. Finalized this week by Russia’s deputy prime minister Aleksei Bolshakov in Bishkek, the documents are scheduled to be signed March 29 at the Moscow summit, which will also consecrate Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the CIS customs union. (Delovaya Rossiia, March 14; Interfax, March 20)

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