October 7 (Renewables Now) - Uzbekistan’s energy ministry announced on Friday that Masdar Clean Energy of the UAE has won a tender for the construction of a 100-MW solar park with a bid of USD 0.02679 (EUR 0.0244) per kWh.
Masdar has outbid four other participants in the tender, details about which are available in the following table.
|Name||Tariff per kWh (in USD)|
|Masdar Clean Energy||0.02679|
|TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co Ltd||0.03586|
|Jinko Power and Aljoimah Energy & Water Consortium||0.03702|
Masdar will have 12 months to complete the project in southwestern Uzbekistan's Navoiy region, according to the announcement.
The tender was launched in early 2019 with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The request for pre-qualification issued on February 1 by state-owned utility Uzbekenergo JSC attracted 23 proposals. Of those, 11 parties proceeded to the next round.
The IFC said on Friday that Masdar's bid is "one of the lowest tariffs seen in emerging markets."
“The project is part of an effort by the Government of Uzbekistan to develop up to 5 GW of solar power by 2030 to diversify the country’s energy mix,” said Deputy Minister Vafaev.
It was also announced on Friday that the government will soon kick off another tender for a further 400 MW of solar power and then one more for 500 MW.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.910)