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Uzbekistan to modernize its largest thermal power plant

20 February 2014

Uzbekistan has started modernizing the Syrdarya Thermal Power Plant (TPP), a representative of the Uzbekenergo State Joint-Stock Company (SJSC) told Trend on Feb. 20.

It was previously reported that the project on the TPP's modernization worth $60.2 million envisages the reconstruction of two 300 megawatts energy units (third and fourth units) at the power plant, as a result of which the capacity of these energy blocks will be increased by 50 megawatts - up to 650 megawatts.

The project's general contractor is the Russian Silovye Mashiny JSC, which was announced the winner of the tender by Uzbekenergo SJSC in 2013.

Under the terms of the contract signed between the two companies in March, 2013, the Russian company will upgrade the turbine, generator, boiler and auxiliary equipment of energy units, as well as conduct introduction of automatic process control systems and hold construction and installation, contract supervision and commissioning works.

The interlocutor also said that currently the equipment delivery is being completed and its installation is also starting. All works will be completed before late 2014.

The project is financed on a parity basis by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and Uzbekenergo's own funds.

The established capacity of the Syrdarya TPP - the largest thermal power plant in Central Asia - is 3,000 megawatts (10 energy units having 300 megawatts capacity each).

The annual volume of electricity supply in the united energy grid of the country is 13 billion kilowatt hours, or 32 percent of the total electricity generated in Uzbekistan.

In 2002, Siemens AG carried out $45.4 million worth of reconstruction work at two energy units of Syrdarya TPP (seventh and eighth units).

The project was financed by a $27.8 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Uzbekenergo's funds.

In 2009, Russia's Silovye Mashiny JSC carried out about $20 million worth thorough reconstruction repairs at the fifth energy unit. The project was financed by Uzbekenergo's own funds.

Currently the established capacity of power plants in Uzbekistan stands at 12.4 megawatts.

Up to 90 percent of all electricity in the country is produced by 10 thermal power plants of Uzbekenergo.