September 17 (Renewables Now) - The government of Uzbekistan announced Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power as the winning bidder for the development of a 100-MW wind park in Karakalpakstan region.
The Saudi company emerged as the lowest bidder among the shortlisted candidates in the competition, with a bid of USD 0.025695 (EUR 0.026) per kWh, the government said on Thursday.
ACWA’s major competitors in the tender round were Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC, better known as Masdar, with a proposal of USD 0.026550 per kWh and France’s Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA), which offered USD 0.03279 per kWh.
Once up and running, the wind farm will generate about 350 million kWh per year, enough to avoid 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions annually. The local government expects the wind plant will be feeding Uzbekistan’s grid in less than two years.
“Uzbekistan is making huge strides towards producing and providing ‘green energy’ for its economy, decreasing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and reducing overall CO2 emissions. This project is key component of our ambitious, wider energy strategy to develop environmentally friendly renewable sources of energy to meet growing electricity demand,” Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister of Energy, Sherzod Khodjaev, said.
At present, Uzbekistan is targetting 3 GW of wind power generating capacity by 2030 and this goal could be raised in the next review of the long-term development plan.