Turkmenistan ups power supply to Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 11 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmenistan is systematically increasing its power supply to Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov said in a message to power engineering specialists on the occasion of their professional holiday.
The message states that Turkmenistan is exploring the economically advantageous possibility of supplying power to Kazakhstan and Pakistan through Afghanistan.
The Turkmen leader emphasized that energy consumption is growing worldwide.
"In this regard, foreign countries are systematically stepping up constructive partnership with Turkmenistan in this field," he said.
Berdimuhammedov noted that a great future awaits the country in solar and wind energy projects given its climatic conditions. In this context, the power engineering specialists he was addressing were tasked with providing power to the nation's remote settlements.
Creating a circular grid for the country to include the capital city Ashgabat, modernizing and reconstructing some power plants and switching to advanced energy saving technologies will result in a complete power supply for Turkmenistan, Berdimuhammedov said.
Under a state program for national socio-economic development in 2011-2030, the country will increase power generation to 25.5 billion kilowatt-hours per year, while its power exports will increase to over 11 billion kilowatt hours per year.
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