Kyrgyzstan Implements Electricity Consumption Restrictions Amid Power Shortages

Kyrgyzstan is facing electricity shortages in its energy system, leading to the introduction of temporary restrictions on electricity usage within the country, as reported by Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov in an interview with the Kabar news agency.

President Zhaparov outlined the challenges in the energy sector and the measures being taken to address them. He highlighted the aging infrastructure of key hydroelectric power plants (HPPs), including the Toktogul and Uch-Korgon HPPs, which have been operating beyond their intended lifespan without major overhauls.

Zhaparov emphasized that the Toktogul HPP’s first unit, operational since 1975, is undergoing reconstruction to enhance its capacity by 60 MW, with similar plans for other units. Additionally, the Uch-Korgon HPP, commissioned in 1962 and overdue for modernization, is also undergoing reconstruction, leading to a temporary reduction in electricity generation capacity.

Due to these necessary repairs and upgrades, the country is experiencing a shortfall of 290 MWh in its energy system, prompting the implementation of temporary electricity consumption restrictions during peak hours in the morning and evening. These measures aim to prepare for the upcoming autumn-winter season and ensure the reliable provision of electricity to consumers.

President Zhaparov underscored the urgent need for infrastructure modernization and capacity expansion in the energy sector. He lamented the lack of significant hydroelectric power plant construction over the past three decades, despite the doubling of the population and increasing energy demands.

Efforts are underway to address these challenges, with ongoing construction and launch of medium and small hydroelectric power plants across the country. Approximately ten such plants have already been operationalized, with more scheduled for completion by 2025-2026. The upcoming launch of the Bala-Saruu hydroelectric power plant, slated for the end of March with a capacity of 25 MW, is expected to alleviate electricity shortages, particularly in the Talas region during the summer months.



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