Kyrgystan launches first new hydroelectric plant since Soviet era

Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, August 30, 2010 – Kyrgyzstan launched a $200 million hydroelectric power station, its first since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Acting President Roza Otunbayeva pressed a symbolic red button to start the first unit of the Kambarata-2 hydro project, which will produce about 50 to 70 MWh.

The project was abandoned in the 1990s, until it was saved by a $300 million loan from Russia.

A second unit, costing $200 million, was planned for Kambarata-2. This would be followed by a third unit and simultaneous construction of the larger Kambarata-1 project.

 

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