February 4 (Renewables Now) - Uzbekistan has issued a request for Expressions of Interest (EoI) as part of a tender for the construction of an over 200-MW solar park in the country's southeastern regions.
The invitation by the Ministry of Energy was released this weekend as part of a joint programme with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that will facilitate the deployment of 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Uzbekistan. The first project of this initiative will have a capacity of at least 200 MW and will be installed in the Sherabad district in Surkhandarya province.
Interested parties will be able to apply until February 22. After pre-qualifying bidders through the EoI, the Energy Ministry will issue a Request for Qualification (RFQ) in March 2020, which will be followed by Request for Proposals (RFPs) in May 2020. Winners are expected to be announced in August, with the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) planned to occur a month later.
The selected bidder can be a single entity, a group of companies or a consortium. It will be tasked with the design, funding, construction, ownership and operation of the solar farm and will also have to build a 220-kV substation and a transmission line. The National Electric Networks of Uzbekistan (NENU) will be the power off-taker for 25 years.