Kyrgyzstan to become master of Central Asia upon construction of Kambar-Ata-1 hydropower plant - Minister

Kyrgyzstan will gain energy independence upon construction of Datka and Kemin substations, Datka-Kemin power transmission line, Kyrgyzstan’s Economy Minister Temir Sariev said at the roundtable on promising business projects held as part of the Forum of Compatriots “Mekendeshter” on August 3 in Bishkek.

“We spend around $14 million on transit of our own power through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. We should primarily supply population with power and only then we will export power. We need to build power generation facilities, i.e. new hydropower plants,” he said.

While talking about power outages in winter time, Temir Sariev said the daily power consumption reaches 22 million kWh in summer and 3 times more in winter. “In future, when we complete construction of Kambar-Ata-1 hydropower plant, we will become masters of Central Asia. We host huge hydropower resources of the region. 50 billion cubic meters of water flow through our land annually, we may accumulate 20 billion cbm. Toktogul reservoir has water for 2 bln cbm less than in the previous year. We may regulate this volume of water, this is our leverage,” Minister Sariev said.