"We hold talks to purchase electricity from Kazakhstan at the price of 2014," the Energy Minister Kubanychbek Turdubaev told journalists.
According to him, the agency will once again consult with the Kazakh colleagues and try to finally resolve the pricing issue. Kyrgyzstan insists on retaining last year electricity prices. The volume of purchased electricity will be fixed at the level, required to complete the repair of the transformer №2 at Toktogul HPP. Therewith the Ministry of Energy claims that may refuse of import if it manages to cope with the load on its own.
"As for electricity imports from Kazakhstan, we have two options - the northern and southern stations along with the issue of transfer of energy. We are negotiating also with northern stations- it is Ekibastuz GRES, and the southern - it is Zhambyl GRES. I can not tell the exact price so far. We put forward the proposals to Kazakhstan, they have to give an answer. I can say that we have an agreement on supply of electricity with Kazakhstan. The contract will be signed when the financing issue is resolved, because Kazakhs supplies electricity only with 100 percent advance payment," Kubanychbek Turdubaev told.
"We will use as resources of Electric stations so the budget to pay for the imported electricity. The power system has no money available. The deficit of the energy sector is 9 billion soms.
The need for electricity imports has arisen because of two breakdowns at Toktogul HPP. The first one occurred on December 23, when a clamp of the transformer №2 was damaged, and the second happened on December 28 on 500 kV cable line.