Saudi Arabia to build a large wind farm in Uzbekistan
August 19, 2022, 11:00 a.m
Avesta.Tj | 19.08.2022 | The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia and Saudi companies signed three major development agreements worth $12 billion.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan, the agreements were signed during the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The first document is the Agreement on the construction by ACWA Power of a wind farm with a capacity of 1.5 GW in Karakalpakstan. This project will become the largest wind farm not only in the region, but throughout the world. It is planned that the wind farm capacity will be able to provide electricity to 1.65 million households and offset 2.4 million tons of carbon emissions per year.
The second Cooperation Agreement, focused on the development of research and development and subsequent production of green hydrogen in the Republic of Uzbekistan, was signed with ACWA Power and Air Products.
Also, a document was signed expressing the intention of the Saudi side to invest $10 billion in the energy complex of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the next 5 years. Within its framework, it is planned to implement projects in a number of promising areas.
To date, a number of energy projects are being implemented in Uzbekistan with partners from Saudi Arabia, in particular with ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power plants, as well as desalination and green hydrogen plants around the world.
Thus, ACWA Power is building 2 wind farms with a capacity of 500 megawatts each in two districts of the Bukhara region. Also, a wind power plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts is being built in the Karauzyak region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.
At the same time, this Saudi company is building a thermal power plant with a capacity of 1,500 megawatts in the city of Shirin, Syrdarya region, and its commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.
The total capacity of these 3 wind farms and thermal power plants in Syrdarya is 2600 megawatts.