Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept 13 /Trend D.Azizov/
China's Harbin Power Engineering Company Ltd and the State Joint-Stock Company (SJC) Uzbekenergo signed a contract for the modernization of Angren thermal power plant (TPP) in the Tashkent region, a source in the government told Trend on Thursday.
The source said the contract, the value of which isn't disclosed, was signed after the tender procedure for the contractor to modernize the plant. The tender was announced among Chinese companies in the spring of this year,.
Under the contract, the Chinese company will build new TPP with a capacity of 150 MW district heating selection for burning high-ash coal in 2012 - 2015.
It is planned that coal burning will increase from 20 percent to 45 percent, or up to one million tones as a result of the modernization of TPP.
The financing of the project, worth $249.3 million will be provided through the credit of Chinese Eximbank in the amount of $165.6 million and equity Uzbekenergo $83.7 million. Credit agreement with a Chinese bank will be signed in the fourth quarter of this year.
The installed capacity of eight energy blocks is 484 MW. The first unit was commissioned in 1957, the eighth in 1968. It provides electricity to major industrial facilities and population of Tashkent region.
The Angren thermal power station is one two power stations in Uzbekistan, partially working on coal, in winter during the heating season. In addition to the project at Angren thermal power station it is planned to implement the first stage of the transfer of the Novo-Angren thermal power station to the Tashkent region foryear-round burning of coal worth $ 73 million by the end of 2012.
At present, around 45 electric power stations with a total capacity of 12,400 MW, including 16 electric Uzbekenergo power stations with a total capacity of 12,040 MW operate in the Uzbek power system.