BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
The launch of four thermal power plants (TPPs) in the Khorezm and Tashkent regions of Uzbekistan, built jointly with the Turkish Aksa Enerji, Cengiz Enerji, ODAS Enerji A.S. companies, as well as the Polish Cenergo and the Finnish Wartsila, is expected in 2021, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan told Trend.
According to the information, the Turkish company Aksa Enerji is implementing investment projects for the construction and operation of two thermal power plants with a total capacity of 470 MW in the Tashkent region.
Thermal power plants, which will use combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) and gas piston plants (GPP), are being built on seven hectares of land in the Kibray region, to the west of the operating Tashkent TPP.
It is noted that the total cost of the projects amounts to $300 million and are fully funded by foreign direct investment. The stations, which are planned to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of this year, will generate 3.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
"The use of energy-efficient installations will save up to 550 million cubic meters of natural gas per year," the ministry said.
Also, it was noted that within the framework of the implementation of the projects, an investment agreement was signed between Aksa Enerji and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, as well as an agreement on the purchase of electricity from National Electric Grids of Uzbekistan JSC.
At the same time, Aksa Enerji has launched a project for the construction and operation of a thermal power plant in the Bukhara region, where technology-based on gas piston units will also be used. Within the framework of this project, land surveys are being carried out to start the construction of a new thermal power plant with a capacity of 270 MW.
“Currently, the construction of these TPPs has begun, during which about 900 workers will be involved. With the commissioning of the stations, 220 new jobs will be created,” the message said.
Also, the Turkish company Cengiz Enerji has begun construction of a new thermal power plant in the Tashkent region in the Kibray region, the capacity of which amounts to 240 MW in 2021, with a total cost of $150 million.
As part of the implementation of this project, an investment agreement was signed between the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Cengiz Enerji (investor), and the Polish Cenergo (project company).
Also, an agreement on the purchase of electricity from this thermal power plant for 25 years was signed with the National Electric Grids of Uzbekistan JSC.
According to the ministry, this station will generate about two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which, among other things, will save 290 million cubic meters of natural gas. The launch of the new TPP is scheduled for December 2021.
In addition, in 2021, an agreement was also signed within the framework of the construction of a thermal power plant in the Yangiarik district of the Khorezm region with a capacity of 174 MW. The project is being implemented in partnership with the Turkish ODAS Enerji A.S.
It is reported that on March 4, 2021, an agreement was signed between the Turkish investor and the National Electricity Networks of Uzbekistan JSC on the purchase of electricity, which will be generated by the new TPP.
The project for the construction of a modern TPP by a Turkish investor is being implemented on the basis of a public-private partnership (PPP) within the framework of the activities of the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan to create additional generating capacities in the country.
The new TPP will use gas piston technologies from the Finnish company Wartsila, with an average efficiency of 49 percent. As a result of commissioning, the power plant will generate 1.4 billion kWh of electricity per year.
“The launch of the project with a total cost of $100 million is scheduled for October this year. The project will create 60 jobs,” the ministry said.
The ministry also said that projects are being implemented in the field of hydropower. In June 2021, the construction of the Kamolot hydroelectric power station, which is part of the Chirchik-Bozsuu cascade of hydroelectric power plants with a capacity of 8.2 MW, will be completed, as well as the commissioning of a cascade of Zarchob small hydroelectric power plants on the Tupolang River of the Surkhandarya region with a capacity of 76 MW.
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