Central Asia Weekly Energy News Roundup - August 11- August 17, 2012

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Week of August 11 - August 17, 2012 


AFGHANISTAN    KAZAKHSTAN   KYRGYZSTAN   TAJIKISTAN   TURKMENISTAN    UZBEKISTAN

U.S. cancels tender to increase height of Afghanistan's Dahla DamThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has canceled a request for bids to construct an intake structure and outlet works in the first phase of a project to increase the height of Afghanistan's Dahla Dam, an irrigation project with three small hydroelectric generators.  Although the Corps had called for bids by September 4, it issued a follow-up notice saying the solicitation "is hereby canceled in its entirety." It offered no explanation.  The Corps conducted a pre-bid "industry day" conference on the project in March. It also took information in February on firms capable of increasing the height of Dahla Dam, on the Arghandab River about 34 kilometers northeast of Kandahar.... Source: HydroWorld.com
 
TAPI will support energy independence of regional countries: US- The US has backed multi-billion TAPI pipeline project to transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to India, with a top official saying that the pipeline would support the energy independence of the countries in the region. "We see that the TAPI gas pipeline is particularly important  because it's going to join two of the most important end-points in this regional connectivity that we talk about, Turkmenistan and India," said Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake. The pipeline, called TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India), would pass through Afghanistan and Pakistan.... Source: HindustanTimes.com

To tap its resources Afghanistan must provide securityAway from its political disputes and war trauma, in corners of the country not visited by combat reporters and diplomats, lie Afghanistan’s vast lakes, mountain ranges, floral valleys – and natural energy reserves. Politicians and experts say the potential to harvest hydropower and gas – and its location at the crossroads of Central Asia, ideal for a trade hub – could be the ticket to making the country self-sufficient and re-building its post-war economy. Some estimates put its mineral and energy potential in the trillions of dollars... Source: Dw.de
 
Kazakhstan expands gas capacity to ChinaThe longest section of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China transit pipeline passes through Kazakhstan's territory: it measures 1,115 kilometers in length, of the total 1,830-kilometer Turkmenistan-China distance. Kazakhstan is adding a dedicated export pipeline for its own gas exports to China. In combination, these developments (alongside planned oil exports) confer to Kazakhstan a major role in China's energy security calculations.....Source: AsiaTimes.com
 
Kazakh President receives Environment Minister- Nurlan Kapparov reported to the President on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20 and the prospects of the "green economy". According to the minister, the Brazilian summit aroused unprecedented interest from the global community. More than 50,000 delegates, including heads of more than 100 countries assembled in Rio de Janeiro. The main success of this meeting for Kazakhstan is in the successful promotion of the initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan regarding global energy and environmental strategy and the Green Bridge programme......Source: Caspionet.kz
 
Источник: zakon.kz
Kazakhstan and IAEA to work towards launch of international fuel bank in the country.
 
Источник: zakon.kz
Kazakhstan intends to ratify the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) by the end 2012.

 
Russian RusHydro Company and Inter RAO UES willing to finance the construction of hydroelectric stations in Kyrgyzstan-Russian RusHydro Company and Inter RAO UES are willing to finance the construction of hydroelectric stations in Kyrgyzstan. Rosbalt news agency reports following the results of the visit of the Russian delegation headed by First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov..... The parties have discussed in details the construction of Kambar-Ata hydroelectric power station -1 and Verkhnenaryn chain of hydroelectric stations. ...Source: eng.24.kg

Power engineering specialists of Kyrgyzstan and Russia assign shares of sides in construction of Kambarata-1 and Verkhnenarynsky cascade of hydropower plantsPower engineering specialists of Kyrgyzstan and Russia assign shares of sides in construction of Kambarata-1 and Verkhnenarynsky cascade of hydropower plants. The Ministry of Energy and Industry of Kyrgyzstan reported to 24.kg news agency. As noted, negotiations with Russian delegation will last until tomorrow, August 15. “RusHydro and Inter RAO UES have firm intentions to build power facilities in Kyrgyzstan....Source: eng.24.kg
 
Источник: novoteka.ru
Russia will help Kyrgyzstan to construct HPP.
 
Moscow and Bishkek came to an agreement on the construction of HPP in Kyrgyztan. 
 

Источник: kant.kg

Severelectro: Repairing work on the power grid is under way in the Sokulskiy region and the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
 

President: IDB committed to strengthening regional partnerships in energy sectorTotal funding of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to support the energy sector of IDB member countries since 1975 has exceeded 25 percent, IDB President Ahmad Mohammad Ali said. Other energy projects approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors include - $100 million for modernization and expansion of hydroelectric power plants in Uzbekistan... Recently the President of the IDB also has approved $2 million in addition to the previously allocated 9.2 million to Tajikistan to finance the construction of small power plants in rural areas of Tajikistan.... Source: Trend.az
 

Источник: news.tj

Tajikistan will continue rehabilitation work at the Rogun HPP. Issues of cooperation in the area of technical-economic and socio-ecological examinations of the Rogun HPP had been discussed during the meetings in Washington…

 
Turkmenistan Masters Galkynysh in Order to Increase Gas Exports - President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov noted at a government meeting that the timely commissioning of major gas fields, including Galkynysh is provided by the strategic plans to steadily increase the supply of energy resources to world markets, the Turkmen government said on Thursday.  The meeting discussed the measures taken to improve the pace of the gas field Galkynysh construction, located in the Mary region with total resources, estimated within the 26.2 trillion cubic meters by local geologists and British GCA...Source: TurkishWeekly.net

Turkey is pushing to becomes a key importer of Turkmen gas - Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhammedov embarked on a two-day state visit to Turkey on August 10 - his second of the year - as the two countries look to cement growing ties. Energy hungry Turkey is pushing to secure gas from the secretive producer to help it diversify its suppliers, while dangling the prospect of investing in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, for which Ashgabat is seeking to gather support.  With independent surveys showing that Turkmenistan's has the fourth largest gas reserves in the world, Ankara is pushing to becomes a key importer of Turkmen gas, especially given the ongoing arguments with Russia....Source: Balkans.com
 

Источник: inozpress.kg

Turkey and Turkmenistan discussed energy cooperation
 

Uzbekistan to complete project to modernize Navoi TPPUzbekenergo will complete a project to modernize the Navoi thermal power plant worth $468 million in September, a source at the company's management told Trendon Wednesday. The source noted that the modernization of Navoi thermal power plant will be completed in September and the energy produced in combined cycle gas turbine will be available in the network. As previously reported, the project of modernization of Navoi TPP worth $468 million includes the construction of combined cycle gas turbine with a capacity of 478 MW...Source: Trend.az
 

Источник: 12.uz 

JSC Silovye Mashiny are going to take part in the Syrdarya TPP modernization.
 

Источник: 12.uz 

Uzbekistan plans to put into operation 150 MW of renewable sources capacity.
 
Источник: 12.uz
 The Navoi TPP modernization will be completed by September.