July 30, 2008

Tajik Power Giant’s Chief in Turkmenistan for Electricity Supply Talks

Text of report by privately-owned Tajik news agency Asia-Plus website

Dushanbe, 30 July: The chairman of the open joint-stock holding company Barq-i Tojik [Tajik Electricity], Sharifkhon Samiyev, is currently in [the Turkmen capital of] Asgabat. He is holding talks with Turkmen energy specialists on electricity supplies to our country in the autumn-winter period, a deputy chairwoman of the energy holding, Oghiloy Khojayeva, told journalists yesterday.

She said that in the last [autumn-winter] season, Turkmenistan had exported about 801 [presumably 801m] kWh of electricity to our country.

"We hope to import no less Turkmen electricity [than in the last autumn-winter period] in the coming season," the deputy chairwoman said.

Speaking about the export of electricity from Tajikistan to neighbouring countries in the summer period, the deputy head of Barq- i Tojik said that so far Tajikistan had returned over 530m kWh of electricity to Uzbekistan for the debt [for electricity] received from the neighbouring country last winter.

"We received about 492m kWh of electricity from Uzbekistan in the last [autumn-winter] season, which we committed ourselves to returning in the summer," Oghiloy Khojayeva said.

She said that starting from May till early July, Tajikistan had exported 13.2m kWh of electricity to Afghanistan, 21m kWh of electricity to Kyrgyzstan and 9.8m kWh of electricity to Kazakhstan in total.

Originally published by Asia-Plus news agency website, Dushanbe, in Russian 30 Jul 08.

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