July 29, 2008

Tajik Energy Giant Proposes to Introduce Power Rationing

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

Dushanbe, 29 July: A limit on electricity supply in the country [Tajikistan] can be introduced already in August, the deputy chairman of the open joint-stock holding company Barq-i Tojik [Tajik Electricity], Oghiloi Khojayeva, told journalists today.

She said that the country's energy holding put forward a proposal to the Tajik government for starting power rationing next month.

"If the government supports us, a limit on electricity supply throughout the country will be introduced at night time in August," she stressed.

Commenting on causes of this initiative by the energy holding, Oghiloi Khojayeva said that the water level in Nurek reservoir was 11 m lower compared with the same day of last year.

"If it continues this way, the water level in the Nurek [reservoir] will be 16 m lower than the required level by the beginning of the autumn-winter period," the deputy head of the Barq- i Tojik said.

[Passage omitted: background information]

Originally published by Asia-Plus news agency website, Dushanbe, in Russian 29 Jul 08.

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