Siemens to pioneer wind power sector of Uzbekistan

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 19

By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:

German company Siemens is planning to build the first wind power plant in Uzbekistan on the terms of public-private partnership, Uzbek media reported referring to Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Uzbekenergo JSC Shukhrat Sheraliyev.

“Uzbekenergo is now working with German Siemens on a joint project to build a 100 megawatt wind power plant in the Zarafshan district of Navoi region. The total cost of the project will be $100 million,” Sheraliyev said.

In 2015, German companies Geo-Net and Intec-Gopa presented a wind atlas reflecting the wind energy potential (WEP) of Uzbekistan. According to German experts, the country's wind energy resources exceed 520,000 megawatts and over 1 billion megawatt-hours of electricity generation per year only by a preliminary conservative assessment.

Based on the developed atlas, Uzbekenergo identified two prospective sites in the Navoi region and in the south of Karakalpakstan for further detailed studies to specify the WEP of these areas.

Uzbekenergo earlier told Trend that according to the concept of development of the energy industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2021, commissioning of new capacities of about 5,100 megawatts with an annual output of 33 billion kilowatt/hours is expected in the energy system of Uzbekenergo.

It was reported in mid-May 2018 that Siemens considers Uzbekistan as one of the promising markets in Central Asia and expects to begin implementing joint projects in the energy, industry and other sectors soon.

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