Turkmenistan interested in power supply to Kazakhstan and Pakistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, August 11 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov instructed "to hold the required amount of works to implement power supply to the Republic of Kazakhstan and to explore opportunities for export of the Turkmen power to Pakistan through Afghanistan."
Now Turkmenistan supplies power to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. At present, the installed capacity of all power plants of the country reached 3485.6 megawatts, while 30 percent of power is generated by modern gas-turbine plants.
According to the country's Energy and Industry Ministry, in order to increase power export it is also planned to reconstruct the power units of the Mary state power plant, to build the power transmission lines with voltage of 500 kilovolts from Mary hydro power plant to Turkmenistan's border with Afghanistan.
In addition, there is a project to build a new transmission line Mary-Serakhs with voltage of 400-kilovolt to the border of Turkmenistan-Iran, similar lines will be extended from the Balkanabat state power plant.
Berdimuhammadov at the last governmental meeting stressed a number of problems of paramount importance. They include the construction of gas turbine power plant with capacity of 254 megawatts in the Zerger settlement in the Lebap region, the new transmission lines, including in the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi-Balkanabat section, construction and reconstruction of existing small transformer substations.
"We need to implement all planned measures at a stated time and with high quality, on which successful implementation started in the wide-ranging reforms aimed at the prosperity of the country depends," Berdimuhammadov said.