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Uzbekistan, Russia agree on Kambarata HPP expertise project

13 December 2012

http://en.trend.az of 12/11/2012 - Uzbekistan and Russia have agreed to hold an international independent expertise on the construction of Kambarata HPP-1 in Kyrgyzstan, a source in the government circles told Trend on Thursday.

The source noted that First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov said about it at a meeting of the Russian-Uzbek intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation on Thursday.

Azimov, who co-chairs the commission, noted that the decision of the Russian government on the need for an international independent economic expertise on Kambarata HPP-1 demonstrates a constructive approach to all issues of water and energy cooperation in Central Asia.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Intergovernmental Commission from Russian side said the decisions that cast doubt on the validity of the use of water resources should be subject to independent examination.

As previously reported, Russia and Kyrgyzstan in September signed a bilateral agreement for the construction and operation of Kambarata HPP-1 and Upper Naryn cascade.

Electricity of Kambarata HPP-1 can be used both to meet the demand of Kyrgyzstan and for export to neighboring countries.

At the same time, Uzbekistan has repeatedly expressed concern about the construction of hydropower facilities in neighboring countries, which, according to Uzbek experts, may affect water and energy balance in the region.