BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 16
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Some 10 largest projects in the energy sector of Uzbekistan will be implemented by end of 2021, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan.
Reportedly, over the past six months of this year, 10 contracts were signed for the construction of thermal, solar and wind power plants in the electric power industry with a total capacity of 4341 MW, which is about a third of the current capacity of existing power plants in Uzbekistan.
This year, for the first time in the history of the electric power industry in Uzbekistan, two large solar power plants with a capacity of 100 MW each will be launched in Navoi and Samarkand regions.
Also, by the end of 2021, in general, thermal and solar power plants with a total capacity of 1,800 MW will be commissioned. The commissioning of such a large capacity in the electric power industry in one year has never been recorded in Uzbekistan.
Additional high-voltage transformers with a total capacity of 1,568 megavolt-amperes (MVA) will be installed at 17 electrical substations. Also, by the end of the year, it is planned to launch three investment projects, including the reconstruction of the 500 kV Guzar-Regar high-voltage line, the expansion of the open switchgear (OSG) at the 500 kV Surkhan substation and the construction of a base substation for supplying power to external facilities of Pop-Namangan-Andijan electrified railway line.
Also, during the current year, 15,000 kilometers of low-voltage power transmission lines will be reconstructed and updated, which is the first such large-scale reconstruction in the history of the electric power industry of Uzbekistan.
Another large-scale work is the modernization and reconstruction of 4,000 transformer substations, which will be completed by the end of the year.
This year, the largest investment project in the region and the only one of its kind in the CIS - the Uzbekistan GTL project - will be launched in the Kashkadarya region.
Moreover, within the framework of the state program, an automated electricity metering and control system was installed for all 7.3 million subscribers.
In 2021, as part of the implementation of an automated system for accounting and control of natural gas (ASKUG), modern electronic gas meters will be installed free of charge for all more than 3.5 million consumers.
Furthermore, the installation of barcodes on household gas cylinders across the country will be completed in 2021. Now, the control of LPG cylinders will also be provided online.
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