By Narmina Mammadova
The government of Uzbekistan has approved a feasibility study for a project to modernize the Syrdarya Thermal Power Plant (TPP) with a total value of over $ 219 million, Podrobno.uz reports.
The contract was concluded with Silovye Mashiny JSC - ZTL, LMZ, Elektrosila, Energomashexport (Russian Federation), which is to upgrade six power units of the Syrdarya TPP which should lead to an increase in their capacity from 300 MW to 325 MW with a total value of $ 177.1 million.
Sources of financing for the project will be Uzbekenergo's own funds in the amount of $ 10.8 million, loans from Russian bank in the amount of $ 132 million, and Uzpromstroybank in the amount of $ 22.2 million.
The project will be implemented in three phases with modernization in the first stage (2018-2019) of power units No. 3 and 4, the second stage (2019-2020) - power units No. 5 and 6, the third stage (2020-2021) - power units No. 9 and 10.
The modernization of the largest electric power facility in Uzbekistan will reduce the shortage of electrical energy in the region and increase the reliability of the country's energy system.
Syrdarya TPP is the largest power plant in Central Asia, its installed capacity is 3,000 MW, the fuel used is natural gas. The construction of the station began in 1966, the end - 1981.
In 2002, Siemens AG carried out $45.4 million worth of reconstruction work at two energy units of Syrdarya TPP (seventh and eighth units). The project was financed by a $27.8 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Uzbekenergo's funds.
In 2009, Russia's Silovye Mashiny JSC carried out about $20 million worth thorough reconstruction repairs at the fifth energy unit. The project was financed by Uzbekenergo's own funds.
In 2013-2015 the company completed a full-scale upgrade of power units № 1, 2 of the Syrdarya TPP with an increase in capacity of 50 MW up to 650 MW.
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