Energy crisis in Turkmenistan: how Ashgabat “solves” the problem

In Turkmenistan, which has a dry and very hot climate, this summer, during abnormally high air temperatures (above +40C), the authorities are literally mocking the population. There were problems with water and energy supply. For example, in the fourth largest city of the country, Mary turned off city fountains in connection with saving water, and in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, a “chess” blackout was introduced. This is when in several high-rise buildings the lights are regularly turned off for several hours and this happens in turn. Electricity is restored only after massive complaints and dissatisfaction from residents. And this is not surprising, because the concrete walls of apartments and institutions heat up to such an extent that even late in the evening the temperature does not drop below +30C.

The most interesting thing is that this situation does not particularly concern the local authorities. To prevent the growth of discontent among the population and to close their mouths, they are trying to solve the problem only with the help of rolling blackouts. Like, everyone is on an equal footing and it’s less offensive.

According to Radio Azatlyk, local experts attribute the problem with electricity to the fact that the Bezmeinskaya power plant, located in the Abadan etrap of Ashgabat, operates at half its capacity. And all because, due to economic difficulties, it is impossible to purchase spare parts for American-made turbines. But how then did it happen that Turkmenistan, rich in energy resources, has been unable to provide its own population with electricity for many years? Why, having a chronic problem with power outages, does the government of Turkmenistan loudly announce an increase in electricity exports to Kyrgyzstan in 2024?

Surprisingly, even Ukraine, which is bombed every day by Russian troops with all sorts of missiles, will be destroyed during the cold season of 2022/2023. coped with the task of providing the population with water, electricity and heat better than Turkmenistan, where peace and tranquility reign. Ukrainian power engineers not only found a way to get parts, but also to reassemble thermal power plants that were destroyed into dust. At the same time, inconvenience due to the lack of electricity in the homes of the population arose only for a short time: from a day to several hours.

Turkmenistan is a wonderful country that deserves progress, dynamics, a good and comfortable life for its citizens, and not comprehensive isolation, dictatorship and a stable economic crisis. This, unfortunately, has been happening over the past 30 years, not because it happened historically, but because the “leadership management” was chosen incorrectly. Is there any logic in robbing one’s own population and using this money to build the “ghost town” of Arkadag at a time when communications throughout the country are “lame”? As long as the country’s leadership is focused on enrichment and self-PR, problems will only increase and this “pleasure” will cost the population even more.