TASHKENT -- The power supply in southern Uzbekistan will be significantly improved thanks to the construction of additional generation capacity at the existing Talimarjan power plant, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced Monday (January 14).
The project, funded by a sovereign loan of up to $240 million (2 trillion UZS) from the EBRD to Uzbekenergo, will be the largest EBRD investment in Uzbekistan to date.
The project will be co-financed with the Asian Development Bank and the Uzbek Fund for Reconstruction and Development.
The funding will allow Uzbekenergo, the state-owned utility responsible for the majority of the country's electricity generation, transmission and distribution, to finance the installation of at least 900MW combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) and related infrastructure.
The EBRD did not disclose the completion date of the project or the number of CCGTs planned.
Reliable, efficient power supply sought
The investment will address a major issue for the region: namely, the provision of uninterrupted and sustainable power supply to support economic growth and to improve the well-being of the population.
The new project will help improve the efficiency and reliability of the power supply in Uzbekistan and contribute to the government's goal of creating new modern power generation capacities across the country.
This ambition is particularly important for Uzbekistan, which experiences energy losses of up to 20% due to unreliable power supply and obsolete facilities.
The new high-efficiency CCGT design will help reduce carbon intensity by about half of the Uzbek power industry's average. Doing so will significantly reduce the industry's carbon footprint.
To date, the EBRD has invested €1.3 billion (12.4 trillion UZS) through 70 projects in the economy of Uzbekistan.