By Abdul Kerimkhanov
French Total EREN and Uzbekenergo have agreed to jointly implement a project for the construction of a photopower station in the Samarkand region.
"Our company is implementing projects in many parts of the world, including in the field of renewable energy sources. We are very pleased that we have the opportunity to implement a joint project with Uzbek partners. Our agreement on the development of solar energy is the first for the parties, but we are fully ready for its implementation. Uzbekistan has a huge potential for the development of wind and solar energy. We are sure that our joint project will contribute to the dynamic development of the republic’s economy," said Executive Vice President Fabienne Demol.
Previously, it became known that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will support construction of a solar power station in Navoi region of Uzbekistan with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts.
In addition, SkyPower Global (Cayman Islands) intends to invest $1.3 billion in the construction of solar power plants in Uzbekistan. The facilities are planned to be built in Tashkent, Samarkand, Navoi, Djizak, Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions.
Uzbekistan this year suspended the construction of the first large solar station with a capacity of 100 MW, which was to be located in the Pastdargom district of the Samarkand region.
In 2016, the tender for construction was won by the Chinese Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology. The project worth $275.8 million was to be financed through loans from the Asian Development Bank and by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and Uzbekenergo.
Later, however, as a result of careful examination of technical and economic documents related to the project, it was found that the project should be revised, resulting in suspension of the construction of a solar power plant in the Samarkand region.
Earlier, Uzbekistan announced its plans to build five solar photovoltaic stations with a total capacity of 500 MW and a preliminary cost of more than $1.1 billion by 2021. Experts estimate that the total potential of solar energy in the republic exceeds 51 billion tons of oil equivalent.
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