The decrease in the supply of electricity from Tajikistan, due to the shortage of water in the country’s reservoirs, caused difficulties with energy supply not only in Uzbekistan, but also in Afghanistan.
Earlier, Orient reported that from July 28th, Uzbekistan will compensate for the drop in imports of electricity from Tajikistan with supplies from Turkmenistan.
According to Sputnik Tajikistan, the Tajik energy company Barki Tojik reported a reduction in water supplies for electricity production, and the Tajik government called for rational use of electricity and explained the situation by the fact that there was too little snow in the mountains last winter.
In this case, Uzbekistan reacted immediately. The National Electric Grids of Uzbekistan signed an agreement with Turkmenenergo (in Turkmenistan, electricity is generated at thermal power plants and therefore does not depend on the flow of water in rivers) and began to receive electricity from Turkmenistan.
The agency notes that Afghanistan, which also imported electricity from Tajikistan, is counting on assistance from Turkmenistan. At the same time, it should be noted that Turkmenistan is already supplying electricity at preferential prices to the northern regions of Afghanistan.
According to experts, summer and the upcoming autumn-winter period are likely to be one of the most difficult for power engineers of Central Asia in recent years. The Turkmen electric power system can play a stabilizing role here. Rich reserves of natural gas and the construction of a network of power plants equipped with modern gas turbines allowed Ashgabat to create an electric power industry that is not subject to the “whims” of nature.