Turkmenistan okays measures to ensure sustainable operation of energy system
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Oct. 21
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Measures have been approved in Turkmenistan to ensure stable operation of energy system facilities, Trend reports referring to the published presidential resolution.
The document was signed in order to implement the law of Turkmenistan “On the electric power industry”, as well as improve the regulatory framework of the electric power industry.
In particular, the procedure for the development and implementation of measures to ensure the stable operation of the facilities of the electric power system in emergency situations has been adopted. In addition, the sizes of land plots provided for the construction and operation of production and technological facilities of the electric power system have been established.
The resolution also provides a list of facilities related to critical infrastructure, as well as facilities with continuous technological production cycle, which cannot be disconnected from the power supply system under normal operation of the electric power system.
The Ministry of Energy, together with the Ministry of Justice, have been instructed by the document to submit proposals to the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers on making the corresponding amendments to the national legislation within one month.
In accordance with the Program for the Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan, the total amount of electricity to be produced in the country in the next seven years is planned to be increased to 33 billion kilowatt-hours.
Turkmenistan has every opportunity to become one of the leading exporters of electricity in the Central Asian region. The country continues to implement large-scale projects to modernize and build power plants, lay power lines, build substations, upgrade the energy supply system and expand export of electricity to foreign markets.
In particular, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline construction project includes laying power transmission lines along the route.
In addition, the report mentions the flagship of local energy industry - Mary power plant. By the end of 2014, its capacities totaled 1,831.7 megawatts in all power units. In the second half of last year, a combined-cycle power plant equipped with four gas and two steam turbines of the US General Electric was commissioned on the territory of the facility.