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Aktau, nuclear power plant, Soviet Union, coal, legacy

Kazakhstan’s distribution system for electricity is split into two networks: the Russian network in the north and the central Asian network in the south. A legacy of the country’s years as a part of the Soviet Union, this inefficient arrangement forces the country to import electricity for regional needs even though it produces more than enough to meet demand. In 1999 some 87 percent of electricity was generated in thermal plants, nearly all of which burned coal. Hydroelectric facilities produced 13 percent of the electricity. Kazakhstan has one nuclear power plant, located at Aktau.



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