Toktogul Reservoir

Toktogul Reservoir (Kyrgyz: Токтогул суу сактагычы IPA: ; Russian: Токтогульское водохранилище), located in the Jalal-Abad Province of Kyrgyzstan, is the largest of the reservoirs on the path of the Naryn River. The reservoir was named after Toktogul Satilganov.

It was created in 1976 after construction work lasting 14 years on a dam to flood the Kementub Valley. 26 communities were displaced and the main road through the region was re-routed. Archaeologists excavated barrows dating back as far as the 8th century AD before the sites were lost.

The Toktogul Hydroelectric Station, the reservoir's hydro-electric plant, has installed capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, which makes it the largest power plant in the country.

Towns and villages

The city of Kara-Köl, south of the reservoir (downstream from its dam) housed the dam construction workers, and currently is home to the hydro power plant staff. The city of Toktogul is located north of the reservoir.

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2009 crisis

Toktogul Reservoir reached a critical state with regard to water level with in the dam in 2009. A cold dry winter, combined with sales to foreign countries as well as increased domestic demand have left the reservoir at a fraction of its capacity. Electrical rationing is currently being employed throughout the entire country with outages lasting up to 11 hours every day.

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