Three of the Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan – were affected by a blackout after Kazakhstan’s North-South power line was disconnected due to “emergency imbalances”.
However, Kazakhstan has blocked companies mining cryptocurrencies from January 24 to January 31, a spokesman for state-owned grid operator KEGOC said, according to Bloomberg.
The power supply in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was restored on Tuesday.
According to KEGOC, the problem started after a major power line connecting southern Kazakhstan and its two neighbors to large power plants in northern Kazakhstan, and the Russian grid was disconnected, leaving millions of people without power.
“As a result of a major accident in the power grids of the Republic of Kazakhstan, there was a power outage in the cities of (southern Kazakhstan’s) Almaty, Shymkent, Taras, Turkestan (regions) and neighboring regions,” Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry said.