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    TURKMENISTAN PLANS TO INCREASE ITS POWER PLANTS' CAPACITY FOURFOLD BY 2020

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    ASHKHABAD, March 4 (RIA Novosti) - In 2020, the capacity of power plants in Turkmenistan will reach 10,000 MW, having increased fourfold, said the republic's president, Saparmurat Niyazov. On Wednesday he took part in the solemn ceremony of putting into operation of the second energy unit of the Seidinskaya heat and power plant in the country's east.

    In Niyazov's words, over 160 billion manats have been invested in this facility's construction. Russian equipment for the power plant cost Turkmenistan $32 million.

    In 2009 and 2017, another two General Electric power units 123 MW each will be mounted on the plant, said the Turkmen president.

    According to state statistics, last year 10,798 million kwh of electric energy were produced in the republic. Turkmenistan exports electric energy to Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey.

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