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    Turkmenistan begins Stage 2 of energy ring construction

    January 17, 2022 - Interfax Central Asia General News


      ASHGABAT. Jan 17 (Interfax) - The Turkmenenergogurlushyk energy concern has begun implementing the second stage of construction on a ring energy system that will connect the electric grids of the Balkan and Dasoguz regions, the online publication Turkmenistan: Golden Age reported.

      The 500-kilovolt transmission line will run more than 560 kilometers from the Balkan substation in the Balkan region to Dasoguz, the capital of the Dasoguz region. Reinforced concrete foundations will be prepared along this route, and 1,446 line supports will be installed on them.

      Power transformers, circuit breakers, disconnectors, protection devices, remote control systems, communication lines, and supervisory control and data acquisition systems will be installed at the same time as the transmission lines are being put up.

      Work on the Ahal-Balkan-Dasoguz energy ring system began in July 2020. The first stage was completed in October 2021, and transmission lines stretching 421 kilometers from the Ahal region to the Balkan region began operating.

      The overall cost of this project to increase the reliability of the national power grid has been assessed at $675 million. The Asian Development Bank authorized $500 million in concessional loans for the implementation of the project in 2018. The Turkmenenergo state electricity corporation is providing $175 million in funding.

      This project encompasses four of the five regions of the country, is aimed at creating an energy efficient interconnected transmission grid, and should be fully implemented by 2023. It will boost Turkmenistan's capacity to trade electricity with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and increase the volume of electricity exports to Afghanistan.

      The project envisages the construction of new electric grid facilities, including 500 kV substations in the Balkan and Dasoguz regions and 220 kV substations in the Ahal, Balkan, and Dasoguz regions.

      The loans from Asian Development Bank will finance the construction of about 1,100 kilometers of new 110 kV, 220 kV, and 500 kV transmission lines and will go toward upgrading three existing substations.

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