The government of Uzbekistan has launched a tender process for the development of a new 100MW onshore wind farm.
The tender, issued by the Ministry of Energy, calls for a plant and associated infrastructure at a site in the Qorao’zak district of Karakalpakstan in the north-west of the country.
Potential private sector partners are invited to submit an expression of interest to develop, finance, construct and own the project.
The Ministry of Energy intends to develop the broader area with total wind power capacity of 300MW, and another tender to procure the remaining 200MW is expected to be issued shortly.
The tender is part of Uzbekistan’s renewable energy strategy aimed at generating a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
There is also support for the 100MW project from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the government of Japan.
Other unnamed donors are providing technical assistance as part of an overall programme to develop 1GW of wind power in the country through public-private partnerships.
EBRD has also appointed a team of international experts to support the implementation of the tender.
They are financial and lead advisor Synergy Consulting Infrastructure & Financial Advisory Services, Dentons Europe for legal advice and technical and E&S advisors Gopa-Intec and Juru Energy.
Uzbekistan Deputy Minister of Energy Sherzod Khodjaev said: “In these difficult times for the world economy, we are delighted to be working with the EBRD and the government of Japan on this new wind power project.
“It is the first project in an ambitious programme to meet increasing demands for energy and at the same time achieve a more sustainable and affordable energy ecosystem for Uzbekistan.”