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Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Ask Turkmenistan to Supply 1bn kWh of Electricity

September 23, 2008

Text of report by privately-owned Kyrgyz AKIpress news agency website

Bishkek, 23 September: A conference on Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen energy, agriculture and water resources issues was held in the city of Almaty on 18-19 September.

The [Kyrgyz] Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources Ministry has reported that earlier a similar conference attended by representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan was held on 9-10 September. The conferences were attended by the heads and senior officials of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek ministries and other bodies of state administration and economic entities. They discussed the feasibility of supplying natural gas, fuel oil, coal and electricity to one another in the coming autumn and winter periods of 2008-2009.

The Kazakh and the Kyrgyz delegations asked Turkmenistan to consider the feasibility of supplying 1bn kWh of electricity to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in a period from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009. Kazakhstan will consider the possibility of supplying 250m kWh of electricity to Kyrgyzstan in the fourth quarter of 2008 and in the first quarter of 2009.

Uzbekistan was instructed to take measures to observe schedules of natural gas supplies to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in accordance with agreements, which were signed. Uzbekistan was also asked to consider the feasibility of supplying additional 250m cu.m. of natural gas to the heating and power plant in the city of Bishkek in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.

A protocol of the conference on Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek energy, agriculture and water resources issues was signed at the end of the meeting.

An Uzbek delegation said on 9-10 September that the River Syr Darya needed to be declared a trans-border river. Other parties have rejected this request.

The Uzbek delegation did not come to the conference which was held on 18-19 September.

Originally published by AKIpress news agency website, Bishkek, in Russian 0327 23 Sep 08.

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