Uzbekistan advances with a 100 MW wind project by ACWA Power
According to the Government of Uzbekistan, they have reached a successful agreement with ACWA Power, a major renewable energy developer from Saudi Arabia, on the development of a 100 MW Nukus wind power plant.
The Government held an official ceremony where the announcement was made. Several ministries and other C-level representatives participated in the event.
“The development of green energy and market reform go hand in hand in Uzbekistan. The Nukus project is a milestone both for our wind industry and the new public-private partnership model, introduced by the far-sighted reforms of President Mirziyoyev. Commissioned by our trusted partner ACWA Power, the Nukus wind plant is another pillar of Uzbekistan’s sustainable and secure energy grid,” said Mr. Alisher Sultanov, the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, quoted by energyglobal.
“Laying the cornerstone of the Nukus plant comes shortly after the signing of the official purchase agreements. It is an affirmation to supporting the ambitious vision of the leadership of the Republic of Uzbekistan to enhance the potential of the Uzbek energy sector. At ACWA Power, we are honoured to add this pioneering project to our portfolio, especially for its precedence and leadership in more than one aspect in the energy sector of the Republic of Uzbekistan,” noted ACWA Power Chairman, Mr. Mohammad A. Abunayyan.
Previously, ACWA Power won a public tender with their project by submitting the lowest bid for electricity price per kWh. They said that they will sell electricity for as low as 2.5695 US cents per kWh. Nukus power plant will produce enough electricity to supply 120 000 households in Uzbekistan and will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that ACWA Power will use modern wind turbines with a capacity above 5 MW each.