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    Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan may invest in construction of a hydro plant in Kyrgyzstan


    June 8, 2022 - Interfax Kazakhstan General Newswire

     

      BISHKEK. June 8 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are ready to invest in construction of the Kambarata GES-1, a hydro power plant in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov said on Wednesday during a ground-breaking ceremony in the Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan.

      "Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have said that they are ready to invest in construction of the Kambarata GES-1. Meanwhile, we are starting the construction on our own. To this end, we have made a decision to revise the country's budget and to allocate 1.5 billion soms ($18 million) for the project," Japarov said.

      The project provides for construction of a tunnel, a bridge, a motor road to the hydro power plant and a camp for the builders.

      Kambarata GES-1 will have an installed capacity of 1,860 MW and will generate 5 billion kWh of electricity per year. According to preliminary estimates, the dam will be 256 meters high, and the water reservoir will contain over 5 billion cubic meters of water.

      The first power generation unit at the Kambarata GES-1 is expected to be put into operation in an eight years' time, according to the government of Kyrgyzstan.

      Japarov said in an interview with the Kyrgyz news agency Kabar on May 30 of this year said that Kyrgyzstan is quite capable of building the Kambarata GES-1 on its own.

      In January 2016, Kyrgyzstan terminated the agreements it signed with Russia in September 2012 to build and operate the Upper Naryn cascade of hydropower plants and Kambarata HPP No. 1. Back then, the Kyrgyz government said that a reason for terminating the agreements with Russia was the absence of funding and a steep increase in the cost of a loan that could be granted for building the hydro power plant.

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