Preparations need to be carried out in order to separate Kazakhstan’s electrical grid from Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 18 /Trend E. Kosolapova/
Preparations need to be carried out in order to separate Kazakhstan's electrical grid from Uzbekistan, in particular it is necessary to increase power generation in southern parts of the country, Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company's (KEGOC) spokesman Marat Mukhamedsaliyev told Trend by telephone on Friday.
"It is necessary to pull up the generation in the south, to increase supplies of fuel to Zhambyl State District Power Plant (SDPP) named after T.Baturov. Now the plant operates in a single block mode, and if we separate, it should be ready to carry the load in three-four block mode. Such measures need to be carried out," Mukhamedsaliyev said.
In early October, KEGOC submitted a proposal to the Kazakh Government on separation from Uzbekistan's electrical grid, continuing the parallel operation with the Unified Energy System of Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
"Unbalanced work of the Uzbek electrical grid and unplanned power takeoffs lead to activity of emergency control system and disconnection of consumers of Kazakhstan's southern areas. Repeated demands of KEGOC JSC on compliance with the parallel operation mode have been neglected by the Uzbekenergo. With the coming of the new autumn-winter period the unstable the work of the Uzbek electrical grid increases the risk of a system failure with massive disconnection of consumers," KEGOC's statement said.
According to Mukhamedsaliyev over the last year KEGOC had several meetings with the Uzbek side, but the issue has not been settled. Now, the company has proposed the government to separate electrical grid, in order to protect the company from political risks, he said.
He also said that it is technically possible to separate the electrical grid of Kazakhstan from Uzbekistan, but with the preservation of joint work with Kyrgyzstan.
"Communication with Uzbekistan is carried out via 220 and 500 kilovolt lines, they turn off at the border," he said.