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Uzbekenergo to hold meetings on reconstruction of Takhiatash thermal plant

3 July 2015

Uzbekenergo State Joint Stock Company (SJSC) in July will hold preliminary meetings with potential equipment suppliers and general contractors on the project of construction of two combined cycle power plants (CCPP) at Takhiatash thermal power plant in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan (northwest Uzbekistan), the press service of Uzbekenergo said.

The message said that on July 22 it is scheduled to hold preparatory meetings with equipment suppliers, on July 23-24 – meeting with general contractors interested in the contract of the general contractor of the project, to give them an opportunity to present their products and expertise to the project stakeholders.

The meetings will be attended by representatives of Uzbekenergo, the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan, the Asian Development Bank, as well as the company Gas Natural Fenosa (Spain, Project Consultant).

The tender for the selection of the general contractor is planned to be announced in the third quarter of 2015.

The project worth $678.2 million includes the construction of two combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) with a capacity of 230-280 megawatts each with the decommissioning of three old blocks of the thermal power plants and keeping two energy blocks as the reserve ones.

As a result, the plant capacity will increase from 730 megawatts at present to 930 megawatts, the electricity output will increase by 1.7 times, up to 5.4 billion kilowatt hours. In addition, the annual savings of natural gas will amount to 488.6 million cubic meters.

The project will be financed by the ADB`s loan in the amount of $300 million allocated to Uzbekistan in September 2014, the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and equity of the Uzbekenergo State Joint Stock Company.

The installed capacity of the Takhiatash thermal power plant is 730 megawatts. The first unit of power plant was commissioned in 1956, the last (fifth) - in 1967.

The power plant provides electricity to the northwest of the country, the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region. The reconstruction Takhiatash TPP is associated with the increased need from electricity and gas companies expanding their operations in the development of the field on the Ustyurt plateau.

At present, there are 45 power plants in Uzbekistan with total capacity of about 12,800 megawatts.

Up to 90 percent of all electricity produced in the country is produced by 10 thermal power stations of the company with a total installed capacity of 10.6 million kilowatts.

Uzbekenergo SJSC increased electricity production by 2.3 percent up to 55 billion kilowatt hours in Uzbekistan in 2014, compared to 2013.

The potential capacity for the production of electricity is 56-57 billion kilowatt hours.