ACWA Power breaks ground on 100-MW wind park in Uzbekistan
Wind turbines at work. Author: Nick Cross. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.
February 24 (Renewables Now) - Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy announced today, together with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, that a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the 100-MW Nukus wind park in the region of Karakalpakstan.
Nukus, the first publicly tendered wind project in the country, will require a total investment of USD 115 million (EUR 101.4m). The government said it expects financial close to take place in the third quarter of 2022, while commercial operations are set for early 2024.
The Saudi company secured the project with a bid of USD 0.025695 per kWh, the lowest among 11 offers in a tender held last year.
Once up and running, the wind farm's turbines, each with a capacity of over 5 MW, should be able to generate enough clean electricity to power 120,000 local homes.
In December, ACWA Power signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for Nukus with JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU).