Iran ready to help bolster Kyrgyzstan’s hydropower sector

Kyrgyzstan’s hydroelectric power sector could receive a boost from the government of Iran, per a statement made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference held yesterday.
“The Islamic Republic enjoys much success in building dams and power plants, and can help the government in Bishkek in this field,” Zarif said.

The comment came amidst meetings between the countries, in which Iran has expressed a desire to boost commerce between it and Kyrgyzstan.

“Iran sees no limits for developing cooperation with Kyrgyzstan, especially in the trade and economic fields,” Zarid said. “The ground is ready for development of cooperation between the two states.”
Kyrgyzstan could be ripe for hydroelectric development — especially after the country’s parliament backed out of a deal with Russia that would have included the construction of five hydropower projects in January 2016. Had they been built, the plants would have had a cumulative output capacity of over 2 GW.

The Kyrgyz Ministry of Energy and Industry also announced a plan to construct several dozen small hydro plants in April 2015 — largely in response to declining output from the 1,200-MW Toktogul hydro project, which has gone from supplying about 70% of the country’s electricty to about 40% of its electricity amidst ongoing repairs.


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