May 20 (Renewables Now) - Uzbekistan has received applications from 70 companies and consortia willing to take part in a tender for the construction of a 100-MW wind farm in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan.
Announcing “significant international interest” from the competitive round, the Ministry of Energy on Wednesday published a list with developers that have submitted applications for participation in the tender. Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS), US conglomerate General Electric (NYSE:GE), Italy’s Eni SpA (BIT:ENI), France-based Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA), Total Eren and Japan’s Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002) are all among the contenders. The full list of bidders is available on the Ministry’s website.
The tender for the 100-MW wind farm will be conducted in two stages, starting with a selective qualification, which will be followed by a formal consideration of technical and commercial proposals. The selected independent private electricity producers will be tasked with the development, financing, construction and operation of the power plant and related infrastructure, to be installed at a site in Karakalpakstan’s Qorao’zak district, in the northwestern part of the country.
According to the official statement, a similar tender is due to be held for a second wind park in proximity to the 100-MW site.
The competition is in line with Uzbekistan’s goal to produce 25% of its total electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030 and a plan to deploy up to 3 GW of wind power capacity in support of it.