June 18, 2008

Russian Energy Firm Asks Tajikistan to Settle Debt for Electricity

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Tajik news agency Asia- Plus

Dushanbe, 17 June: The management of the RAO [Russian joint- stock company] UES [Unified Energy System] of Russia asked the [Tajik] government to settle an accumulated debt for electricity, generated by the first unit of the Sangtuda-1 hydroelectric power station, in its letter addressed to Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov.

Confirming this information, a source in the OJHC [open joint- stock holding company] Barq-i Tojik [Tajik Electricity] told Asia- Plus that this letter was in the energy holding now.

According to the source, the letter says that Tajikistan owes about 3m dollars to RAO UES for supplying the population and economic entities with electricity generated by the first unit of the Sangtuda-1 hydroelectric power station since its launch (in January 2008).

The deputy chief engineer of the OJHC Barq-i Tojik, Rashid Gulov, said in an interview with Asia-Plus that about 25 per cent of the output of the first unit belonged to Tajikistan and the rest belonged to the RAO UES.

He said that the country's energy holding paid the RAO UES three cents per kWh of electricity generated at the Sangtuda-1. He said he was sure that the accumulated debt would be paid very soon.

[Passage omitted: background information]

Originally published by Asia-Plus news agency, Dushanbe, in Russian 1100 17 Jun 08.

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