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Uzbekistan’s state hydropower company takes $60 million ADB loan for construction of three hydropower plants

www.timesca.com/
9 September 2020

JSC Uzbekhydroenergo, Uzbekistan's state hydropower producer and developer, on September 8 announced it has signed a 25-year loan agreement, worth $60 million, with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The loan will support implementation of Uzbekistan's ambitious national energy strategy to generate a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030, including 3.8 GW of hydro energy.

It follows the recent announcement of a new 20-year, €55.8 million loan from the French Development Agency to support investment projects in Uzbekistan's hydropower sector.

Loan proceeds will be allocated as follows:

- $23.6 million for procurement of machinery and equipment;

- $21.6 million for construction and installation works.

- Remaining proceeds will be used to:

- Manage the project and cover pre-project costs;

- Create a high-voltage network; and

- Finance the selection of general contractor through a tender organized with the ADB.

Three new hydropower plants (HPP) will be built on the Aksu River, as part of the ADB's Sustainable Hydropower Project. Total installed capacity will be 24 MW, comprising:

- Tamshush HPP (10.3 MW);

- Chappasuy HPP (7.5 MW); and

- Rabat HPP (6.2 MW).

Abdugani Sanginov, Chairman of the Board of JSC Uzbekhydroenergo, said: "We thank the Asian Development Bank for their continued confidence and support in our ongoing efforts to reform and modernise our energy sector. With the support of international partners such as the Asian Development Bank, we are making great strides towards our ambitious renewable energy goals for 2030 and meeting the ever-increasing demands for energy."

Feasibility studies for the new HPP projects were carried out with the support of international financial institutions and foreign governmental bodies in line with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan guidelines.

The new HPP projects, which are scheduled for commissioning in 2022, will add 97.5 million kWh of cheap and environmentally friendly electricity production, annually. They will create over 40 jobs, increase hydropower's share in the country's energy balance, save fuel resources and meet the growing demand for electricity.

The projects complement Uzbekhydronergo's 'Project Factory' initiative, which is already underway and promoting the development and implementation of new investment projects based on modern technologies. The initiative comprises 23 projects with projected capacity of 907.5 MW, worth $1.37 billion. By the end of 2020, it is expected that seven projects with additional capacity of 118.3 MW will have been commissioned.