Blackout in Central Asia: why three countries were left without electricity

 Blackout in Central Asia: why three countries were left without power

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At once in three countries of Central Asia there was a large-scale power outage. There is no electricity throughout Kyrgyzstan, in the southern part of Kazakhstan, including in Almaty, and in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Residents of the largest cities of these countries – Almaty, Tashkent and Bishkek – have suffered. Emergency services are already working on resuming power supply.

In particular, as a result of a large-scale failure, both the airport and the Tashkent metro were suspended. The Almaty administration says that the failure occurred in the line of the “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company”. They explain that there was a voltage drop in the network, which is why the automatic load systems at the substations worked.

The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan also says that the power cut was due to an accident in Kazakhstan. The Energy Ministry of Kazakhstan says that the energy systems of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have increased pressure on the transit of electricity.

Sources tentatively report that the problem with the power outage is related to an accident in the interconnected energy system of Central Asia. The reasons for the shutdown are currently being investigated.

The systems of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are united into a single energy ring in Central Asia. This project began to be created during the Soviet Union, but its implementation continued after 1991. Previously, this energy system also included Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. However, the first left it in 2003, the second – in 2009.

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