Kyrgyzstan Hails Epoch-Making Power Line
A high voltage power line inaugurated in Kyrgyzstan has sparked talk of a bold era of energy independence, but the reality suggests more circumspection would be fitting.
The start to operations on the Datka-Kemin line was overseen by President Almazbek Atambayev, who was effusive in his praise for the achievement.
“We are witnessing a historic event. Kyrgyzstan has secured energy independence,” he said. “We had to ask our neighbors for transit. Now, nobody will turn off our power.”
The transmission route was needed to remedy a legacy of the Soviet Union, under which the Central Asian republics were linked by power grids and readily coordinated their respective needs. As a result, electricity to Kyrgyzstan’s south passed through Uzbekistan, while northern regions were supplied through lines in Kazakhstan.
Atambayev said Datka-Kemin will not only liberate his country from dependence on neighbors, but will also free it of onerous transit fees.
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