Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 1
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekenergo State Joint Stock Company started to prepare the Ellikala-Karakul 500 kV high-voltage transmission line construction project with a preliminary cost of $ 190 million, a representative of the power company told Trend on April 30.
The representative said that the 365 kilometer power transmission line is constructed to ensure stable electricity flows from the Khorezm region (western Uzbekistan) to the central part of the country.
The feasibility study should be completed by late 2014. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided Uzbekenergo with a technical grant worth $ 800,000 to finalize the draft.
The construction of a power transmission line is expected to begin in the first half of 2015 and to be completed in 2017.
The project will be financed through the ADB loan worth $ 140 million and Uzbekenergo's equity.
The construction of a new transmission line will be held in parallel with the modernization of the Takhiatash thermal power plant worth about $ 700 million. The modernization envisages the construction of two combined cycle power plants with a capacity of 250 MW by decommissioning the old blocks. The project implementation will last until the end of 2018.
At present, about 45 power plants with the total capacity of nearly 13,000 MV, including 16 power stations included in Uzbekenergo with a total capacity of 12,040 MV operate in Uzbekistan's power supply system. Up to 90 percent of electricity produced in the country falls to the company's ten power plants with the total capacity of 11.6 million KV.
The transmission line length is more than 235,000 kilometers, including a 220-500 kV transmission line (7,500 kilometers).
The electricity generation increased by 3.2 percent up to 54.207 billion kWh in the country in 2013 compared to 2012.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN