Pamir Energy decides not to introduce power rationing in Gorno Badakhshan
January 20, 2017: Pamir Energy Company which supplies electricity to the majority of districts of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), has decided not to introduce power rationing in the region as an extreme cold weather has receded.
“Besides, the current volumes of water in the Ghund River are enough for generation of electricity to meet the basic requirements of customers in electricity,” Amrikhon Rahimov, the head of the Pamir Energy generation department, told Asia-Plus on Friday.
Recall, Pamir Energy was going to introduce power rationing in the area due to extreme cold weather that has hit the region in early January.
Pamir Energy Director General, Daler Jumayev, told reporters in Khorog on January 16 that volumes of water in the Ghund River that powers the Pamir-1 hydroelectric power plant (HPP) and the Khorog HPP have nearly halved because of extreme cold weather.
“Therefore, the power plants now cannot operate in full capacity and we were forced to reduce the supply of daily electricity in five of 26 sections by four hours,” Jumayev noted.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and a five-year civil war, Tajikistan’s electrical infrastructure required major investment. Among the most affected areas was the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), where people and economic development suffered during the cold winter months.
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, formed the Pamir Energy Company in 2002 to address the situation.
Source: Tajikistan News ASIA-Plus
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