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Found in Tajik power grid are “dead souls”

OJSC “Distributive Electric Networks” discovered non-existent consumers of electricity. “Dead souls”, according to the department, create difficulties for the correct functioning of the billing system.

“In previous years, electricity in large volumes was considered used by household consumers, which is not true,” Distribution Electric Networks OJSC reports with reference to Billing Program Analysis.

“In order to reduce the rate of electricity losses, non-existent consumers were introduced into the program, which to this day creates difficulties for its proper functioning.”

JSC Distribution Electric Networks has been selling electricity in Tajikistan since 2021 after the restructuring of OJSHC Barki Tojik (the division of the energy holding into three independent companies).   

According to this company, as of January 1, 2023, the total accumulated electricity debt, taking into account previous years, amounted to about 3.7 billion somoni (about $340 million), more than 40% of which (about 1.5 billion somoni) is attributed to residential consumers.

Barki Tojik previously stated that the main part of the population’s debt was formed in the past, mainly in the 1990s.

However, such claims are refuted by the very statistics of Barki Tojik: household consumer debt increased from 1 billion somoni at the beginning of 2019 to 1.5 billion somoni at the beginning of 2023.

Among the enterprises, the Tajik Aluminum Company (488 million somoni) is the largest debtor in payment for electricity.

Agency for Melioration and Irrigation (470 million somoni), agricultural enterprises (210 million somoni). 

Budgetary organizations and institutions (96 million somoni), SUE “Vodokanal” (76 million somoni), JV “Tajikkimiyasanoat” (37 million somoni).

On February 13, the management of Distribution Electric Networks OJSC announced at a press conference that over the two years of operation of this company, the total amount of unpaid electricity (receivables) amounted to 534 million somoni ($52 million).

It was noted that some enterprises in the country systematically do not pay for electricity on time and in full.

source: asiaplustj