On December 27, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended a ceremony to mark the commissioning and grid connection of five solar and one wind power plants in six regions of our country.
The event was attended by Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Vice President Wu Yun of China Energy Engineering Corporation, Chairman Lyu Ze Xiang of Energy China International Group, Chairman Lin Xiaodan of China Gezhouba Group, as well as representatives of SEPCO III, Dongfang Electric Corporation and other companies involved in these important investment projects.
The President emphasized that our country is implementing a comprehensive program to reform and enhance the resilience of the energy system.
In recent years, favorable conditions have been created for the development of private sector activities and the participation of leading foreign companies in the industry. Their involvement has resulted in successful projects to expand Uzbekistan's renewable energy capacity.
In particular, for the first time, solar power plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts, fully financed by foreign direct investment under public-private partnerships, have been commissioned in Karmana and Nurabad districts, generating 1 billion kilowatt-hours of "green" energy.
Masdar, the United Arab Emirates company, has completed the construction of three advanced photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of 900 megawatts in the regions of Jizzakh, Samarkand and Surkhandarya. In Tomdi district of Navoi region, the first phase of a 500-megawatt wind power plant has been constructed.
In addition, the first phase of two solar power plants with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts was completed by China Gezhouba Group in Bukhara and Kashkadarya regions.
Significantly, construction was completed in a record time of just nine months. During the ceremony, the President, together with foreign partners, inaugurated the new energy facilities and connected them to the grid.
Special thanks were expressed to the investors, engineers and contractors who made a significant practical contribution to the implementation of these projects.
As a result of the full commissioning of these projects, which cost a total of $2 billion, two million households will have uninterrupted access to electricity, the potential to save 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas and the production of industrial goods and services worth $4 billion will be realized.
In his speech, the President touched on future plans for further development in this sector.
"The extensive work we are doing today is another step in the implementation of our reforms in the energy sector. We will consistently continue these measures and gradually move towards efficient market mechanisms".
Uzbekistan is currently working on projects to build 22 solar and wind power plants with a total capacity of 9 gigawatts. The country will continue to expand its fruitful partnership with foreign companies, the Uzbek Leader emphasized.
Overall, the goal is to increase the capacity of "green" power plants to 27 gigawatts by 2030. This will result in an annual savings of 25 billion cubic meters of natural gas and a reduction of 34 million tons of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.