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Tender launched for three hydropower plants in Uzbekistan

Sealed bids are invited by 31 July for the three run-of-river projects, which will have a total installed capacity of 24 MW.

JSC Uzbekhydroenergo, Uzbekistan’s state hydropower producer and developer, has announced a tender for the design and construction of the Rabat, Chappasuy and Tamshush hydropower plants on the Aksu river in the Kashkadarya Region of Uzbekistan.

The construction of the three hydropower plants is part of Uzbekistan’s Sustainable Hydropower Project, which is part-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The tender will help the country achieve its ambitious national energy strategy, which aims to meet increasing demands for energy and to generate a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The strategy will see the deployment of up to 30 GW of additional power capacity by 2030, including 3.8 GW of hydro energy along with 5 GW or solar energy and up to 3 GW of wind energy. This is also a part of Uzbekistan’s growing role in the regional and international energy markets.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Energy said: “We are pleased to announce a tender for the design and construction of three new hydropower plants on the Aksu river. These new plants will make a significant contribution to our goal of increasing our power generation capacity. They will also reduce our carbon emissions and grow our clean energy sources. We would also like to thank the Asian Development Bank for its support on this project.”

In October 2019, it was announced the ADB had approved US$ 60 million in financing for the construction of hydropower plants, with a total generation capacity of 25 MW, in Uzbekistan. The total cost of the project is US$ 75.3 million and completion is expected by the end of 2023.

The three hydropower plants will have a total capacity of 24 MW (6 MW Rabat, 8 MW Chappasuy and 10 MW Tamshush) with an associated transmission line (35-110 kV and 22 km in length) and mini-hydro units with aggregate capacity of 1 MW.

International competitive bidding for the project will be conducted in accordance with the ADB’s ‘One-Stage, Two-Envelope’ protocol. The tender is open to all bidders from ADB-eligible countries.

The full bid invitation, including contact details, can be accessed at: