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ASHGABAT, July 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov met with French company Schneider Electric CEO Henri Lachmann on Wednesday, July 27, to discuss projects aimed at upgrading of Ashgabat’s power system.
The projects were worked out and presented by the French company for the Turkmen president, the presidential press service said.
“A developed and modern power industry is an important and inalienable part of the national economy of Turkmenistan,” Berdymukhamedov said.
He stressed his country’s interest in innovative technologies possessed by leading international companies.
Berdymukhamedov and Lachmann discussed Schneider Electric’s proposals how to ensure continues and fault-free power supplies to Ashgabat and modernise the whole power system in Turkmenistan.
The Turkmen leader welcomed the French company’s plans to open its representative office in Ashgabat, where it will train and retrain specialists and develop new projects.
According to Turkmenistan’s economic development strategy, national power generation should increase to 26.38 billion kilowatt-hour by 2020 and the export of electricity should reach 6 billion kilowatt-hour annually.