Uzbekistan to build first wind power plant in 2010
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, May 14 / Trend D. Azizov /
Uzbekenergo and Korean Doojin Co. Ltd. signed a deal worth $500,000 to build a wind power plant with a capacity of 750 kilowatts in Tashkent's mountain district before late 2010.
The construction is financed by Uzbekenergo.
The Anemometer Tower with a height of 40 meters was constructed in the Charvak Reservoir. Appropriate tools and equipment have been installed.
The average wind speed in the region is 4.3 meters per second, which will ensure the stable work of the wind power installations.
The plant's launch will allow electricity to be produced in the amount of 2.3 million kilowatts-hours and save 700,000 cubic meters of natural gas annually.
Wind speed is four meters and over one meter per second, providing the effective work of wind plants in Karakalpakstan, Navoi, Bukhara, Tashkent and Kashkadarya.
In this regard, Uzbekenergo is exploring the establishment of wind power generating plants in these regions with a total capacity of about 100 megawatts.
About 42 power plants with a total capacity of 12.4 megawatts operate in Uzbekistan's power system. Thermal power plants generate about 90 percent of the country's electricity.
According to official statistics, electricity production in Uzbekistan in 2009 decreased by 0.3 percent compared to 49.954 billion kilowatts-hours in 2008.