Uzbekistan plans 10 major projects to boost energy security
Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy announced on August 17 an update on the ten largest projects in the country’s energy sector, which cover milestones achieved during 2021, and other projects set to complete by year-end.
New Europe reports that according to Uzbekistan’s Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov, 2021 is a breakthrough year for Uzbekistan and its energy security: "Our electricity demand is expected to grow by over 100 TWh by 2030, a significant increase from 61 TWh in 2018. We have to satisfy this demand to fulfil our country’s economic potential, whilst also decarbonizing our electricity sector. We have a huge variety of projects underway, and already completed. It is my great pleasure to update audiences on our progress. Uzbekistan is committed to policy goals to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy’s share of the country’s energy mix.”
According to the Uzbek Energy Ministry, the scale and rapidity of Uzbekistan’s energy projects have no comparison in the country’s history and covers a variety of activities: renewable energy, reconstruction work, the unique GTL project, metering systems and improved monitoring and online control.
1. In the last six months, ten contracts have been signed for the construction of thermal, solar and wind power plants in the electric power industry. The total capacity of 4,341 MW – a third of Uzbekistan’s current power plant capacity.
2. Two large solar power plants, each with a capacity of 100 MW, will be launched in the Navoi and Samarkand regions.
3. By the end of 2021, thermal & solar power plants with a total capacity of 1,800 MW will be operational.
4. In 2021, high-voltage transformers with a total capacity of 1,568 MVA will be installed at 17 electric substations. Three investment projects will also be launched by year’s-end: The reconstruction of the 500 KV ‘Guzar-Regar’ high-voltage line; expansion of the open switchgear (ORU) at the ‘Surkhan’ 500 KV substation; construction of a basic substation for power supply to external facilities at the ‘Pop-Namangan-Andijan’ electrified railway line.
5. 15,000 km of low-voltage power lines will be reconstructed and updated – the first reconstruction of such scale in Uzbekistan’s electric power history
6. Modernization and reconstruction of 4,000 transformer substations, by the end of the year.
7. The largest investment project in the region, and the only one of its kind in the CIS region – Uzbekistan GTL project in the Kashkadarya region – will be [completed]
8. Installation of an automated electricity metering & control system (AMR) with all 7.3 million subscribers.
9. As part of the AMR, modern gas meters will be installed free of charge for over 3.5 million consumers.
10. Installation of bar codes on household gas cylinders across Uzbekistan will be completed. Control of liquefied gas cylinders will also be provided online.