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Their ties have been strained for much of the quarter-century since independence, but Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are moving swiftly to patch things up.16 February 2018
The two sides have reached an agreement for Tajikistan to supply 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of power between April and September, although pricing details remain to be confirmed, the head of Tajikistan’s state power company Barki Tojik, Mirzo Ismoilzoda, said Wednesday, Eurasianet.org reports.
Tajikistan produced 18 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2017, sufficient to provide power without imposing limits, Azerbaijan’s Azernews says.
The five Central Asian countries were once connected in a unified power grid, which comprised 83 power plants with total capacity of 25,000 megawatts, according to Azernews. The grid faltered when first Turkmenistan in 2003, then Uzbekistan in 2009 left the system.
Uzbekistan began prioritizing regional energy integration after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power in 2016, Eurasianet writes.
Barki Tojik officials said Tajikistan and Uzbekistan also reached an agreement in principle on restoring the grid.
Tajikistan already exports electricity to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, but the volumes are modest. Exports to Afghanistan in 2017 came in at 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, netting Tajikistan around $50 million. Afghanistan would like to receive greater volumes in winter, but Tajikistan cannot spare the capacity.
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