Kyrgyzstan’s Dark Age: Energy System Faces “Catastrophic Breakdown” – Report
David Trilling May 12, 2011
Twenty years of neglect have left Kyrgyzstan’s energy system in desperate shape. But just how bad could it be? A new report quantifies the gloom: Simply plugging the holes and getting the existing equipment into reliable shape will cost between $1.5 and $2.1 billion, or up to 46 percent of GDP, says a study sponsored by the US government’s development wing, USAID. Without urgent attention, the country could be plunged into darkness for months -- energy experts who have examined the detailed findings say -- and Bishkek could lose its heating.
Moreover, the country’s flagship infrastructure project, the recently commissioned Kambar-Ata 2 hydropower plant, appears “unsafe” to operate.
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