Population and businesses of Naryn province to benefit from Swiss-funded renovation of the At Bashy Hydropower Plant

Local news, 05.04.2023

The Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Akylbek Japarov and the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Olivier Bangerter today inaugurated the At Bashy Hydropower Plant renovated with a Swiss grant contribution of USD 20 million. 

The Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Mr. Akylbek Japarov and the Ambassador of Switzerland Mr. Olivier Bangerter are shaking hands © https://www.gov.kg

The Kyrgyz Republic faces challenges in the electricity sector that have become more acute in recent years; increasing demand and insufficient generation have led to an energy deficit, especially in winters.  Because of this acute challenge, Switzerland supports Kyrgyzstan in the energy sector as well.


The At Bashy Hydropower Plant was rehabilitated together by Switzerland and OJC “Electric Power Plants”, with combined investments of approximately USD 25 million (20 million from Switzerland); this was urgently needed and touched three main areas: 1) Replacement of the electricity production equipment (4 generations units); 2) Civil construction works to enhance the dam’s safety; and 3) Institutional and corporate management development.


Thanks to this rehabilitation, the power output of the Hydropower Plant has increased from 40 to 44 MW. This will lead to financial performance improvements and better electricity supply services. This project will contribute to the development of Naryn region by ensuring a reliable supply of electricity to the population and businesses. In addition, the personnel of the Hydropower Plant received training on management skills as well as towards the operation and maintenance of the newly installed equipment.


"The hydropower potential of the Kyrgyz Republic is very high, we have about 40 thousand rivers, glaciers, with four of the highest peaks in the world. We are ready to use this potential and create all conditions for future investors. A direct proof of this is the reconstruction completion of the At Bashy Hydropower Plant. From now on the At-Bashy HPP will not only provide the population of the Naryn province with stable electric power, but will also make a great contribution to the social and economic development of the whole region," said the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic Akylbek Japarov and expressed his gratitude to the Swiss Government for the support in reconstruction of the At Bashy HPP.


“The project will strengthen the energy security of Naryn region for the benefit of the local population. It will also lead to a more efficient use of water resources, something essential because of the effects of climate change. We are sure that with investments in people, procedures and infrastructure, this project contributed to a more reliable energy supply”, said Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic Olivier Bangerter.


Since Kyrgyzstan's independence, Switzerland has invested around USD 55 million in the Kyrgyz energy sector and plans to continue to provide support in this sector in coming years.