Kyrgyzstan to launch 2 small hydro plants to meet demand


BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz workers have begun building two small hydro-power plants in Ton District, Issyk-Kul Province, reported Wednesday (February 21).

The launch of the Kok-Sai and Konur-Olon plants is scheduled for March 5, said Rakhatbek Irsaliyev, manager of both plants.

He put their combined cost at 730 million KGS ($10 million). They are expected to generate about 45 million kWh total annually.

Meanwhile, First Vice Prime Minister Askarbek Shadiyev warned at a board meeting of the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use that electricity consumption will increase in Kyrgyzstan in the next five years, reported Wednesday.

Even though the country has spent "more than a billion dollars on the energy sector," its power shortage could reach 500MW by 2020-2023, said Shadiyev.

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