Uzbekistan to Embark on Hydropower Station Building Drive
Uzbekistan, a long-time opponent to neighboring nations building hydropower plants, has declared its own ambitious plans to harness the power-generating potential of rivers.
News website Podrobno.uz reported on May 3 that the government intends to build 42 new hydropower plants in the coming five years. Another 32 existing hydropower stations will be overhauled under the same program.
Those intentions have been laid out in the presidential agenda for the development of hydropower in 2017-2021.
Uzbekistan continues to rely heavily on creaky energy infrastructure dating back to Soviet times. As a partial result, in the provinces, particularly in the Ferghana Valley and in the Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya and Samarkand regions, power shortages are a chronic problem.
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