Uzbekistan has moved to the next phase of a tender seeking to award up to 500 MW of solar power capacity across three locations in the country.
The Ministry of Energy and National Grid of Uzbekistan JSC last week announced the name of pre-qualified bidders eligible to proceed in the competition and launched the tender’s Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.
Through the solicitation, the country aims to select independent power producers to implement solar projects on a build, own, operate, transfer (BOOT) basis across sites in the Bukhara, Namangan and Khorezm regions. The plants will have capacities of around 250 MW, 150 MW and 100 MW, respectively.
A total of 11 bidders have been shortlisted following the Request for Qualification (RFQ). Among them are Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC, better known as Masdar, France’s Voltalia, Egypt’s Elsewedy Electric and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power.
Submissions under the RFP will be accepted by October 10, 2022.
Winners in the tender will be tasked with the design, building financing, operation, maintenance and transfer of the solar parks. The Bukhara site is planned to be coupled with a battery storage system of around 63 MW.
The tender process is supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is providing advisory services to the government.
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