June 24, 2008

Kyrgyz MPs Discuss Project on Power Supplies to Pakistan, Afghanistan

Text of report by privately-owned Kyrgyz news agency 24.kg website

Bishkek, 24 June: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan begin working on a joint project on the construction of substations and power lines. The Kyrgyz parliamentary committee on fuel-energy complex and mining considered the issue of finalizing the draft of an intergovernmental agreement today. The Kyrgyz deputy industry, energy and fuel resources minister, Akylbek Tyumenbayev, told MPs that the document would be discussed on 24 July 2008 in Islamabad where representatives of the four countries would meet.

The project envisages the construction of a substation Datka and also a 430-km power line Datka-Khujand, which will make the supply of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan possible. Akylbek Tyumenbayev stressed that the project had been prepared as early as ten years ago. He said that the total construction costs amounted to almost 120m dollars and the export of electricity would most likely begin in 2012.

To MP Roza Otunbayeva's question as to whether the project was feasible, Tyumenbayev answered that the project was profitable for the country because of the opportunity to sell electricity abroad at high tariffs. "On top of this, perhaps, international financial institutions will give credits to the Kyrgyz government without any guarantees on its part", Akylbek Tyumenbayev concluded.

Originally published by 24.kg website, Bishkek, in Russian 0643 24 Jun 08.

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