Kazakhstan leaves Central Asian united energy system until April 15
Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 27 / Trend , K.Arinova/
Kazakhstan's decisoin to leave the Central Asian united energy system is a temporary measure, KEGOC Vice President Valery Lee told journalists at a briefing in Astana on Feb. 27.
"This is a temporary measure until April 15," he said.
On Feb. 26, the Kazakhstan single energy system began to function independent of the Central Asian united energy system after Tajikistan began consuming unplanned quantities of energy.
Since Feb. 26, Tajikistan has consumed 100 million KW/h of unplanned energy, Lee said.
As a result, energy was lost in southern Kazakhstan, he said. The country's southern regions received roughly 250 MW/h less than planned and the central regions - 100 MW/h less, he added.
"If we had stayed in the system, regions all over the country would have lost power," he said.
As far as the situation in Tajikistan is concerned, Lee said, it is ironic. However, Kazakhstan's decision to leave the system will help Tajikistan solve its energy problems, he added. Tajikistan began using unplanned volumes of energy to meet the winter demand once met in large part by supplies from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Lee recalled a similar situation in 2001.
"In the past 10 years, this is the second time Kazakhstan has left the unified energy system," he said.
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