The first ten days of January, the Pahtasanoat (cotton industry) enterprise stood idle for 498.5 hours because of blackouts, the Andijonnoma newspaper has reported.
Because of the forced inactivity caused by power blackouts, the newspaper wrote, in January only Pahtasanoat of Andijan Region received 1,097 tonnes of cotton fibre, 1,645 tonnes of seeds and hundreds of tonnes of secondary products less than it expected.
“In four months we have had 75 blackouts,” a textile worker has said. “And each blackout is nearly a tragedy for us: threads get torn because of sudden shutdown and we have to reinstall computer software for the machines.”
In addition to power failures, we
|In four months we have had 75 blackouts”"|
|A textile worker|
have the problem of low voltage in the power network, the worker added.
Instead of designed 220 V, the enterprise’s power network gets 170-180 V at best. And this deteriorates the quality of finished products, wastes work hours and causes damages worth millions of sums.
However, when the enterprise management decided to file a case against the regional electricity supplier Oblelektroset (regional power network) for neglecting its liabilities demanding compensation of losses, an order came “from on high” to forget about this idea.
Meanwhile, as appears from reports posted on the site of the Uzbekenergo national joint-stock company, everything is all right in the country’s power industry:
“In the years of economic reforms, power industry companies have annually produced up to 48bn kWh and over 10m Gcal of heat, which fully meets demands of the economy and population.”
The design capacity of the power stations of Uzbekistan exceeds 12.3m kW and accounts for nearly 50% of the total power capacity of the entire Central Asia United Energy System.
Uzbekenergo with its 29 power stations with the aggregate design capacity of 12m kW is virtually the main producer and supplier of electricity in the country.
When reading this, it is hard not to ask: “Where are these millions of kilowatt of electricity going to?”
An Andijan resident said that, in light of losses which industrial enterprises of Uzbekistan bear because of power shortage, his regular complaints about power failures that damage his home appliances might look like a joke.