Speaking in Frankfurt, Germany at the third Uzbek-German business forum, Uzbekistan’s Energy Minister, Alisher Sultanov, outlined a series of forthcoming energy tenders – and invited Germany’s companies to participate in them.
This was announced by the press service of the Ministry of Energy of UZbekistan.
Speaking to an audience of German and Uzbek state and business representatives, Minister Sultanov noted that by the end of 2021, Uzbekistan will announce three new international tenders, for the construction of over 400 km of overhead power lines, and two other new tenders for 400 MW of solar energy.
Further tenders, to provide 200 MW of energy will be announced in 2022, Mr. Sultanov said. He invited German companies to participate in the upcoming tenders, noting they offered great opportunities for cooperation in the energy sector.
Uzbekistan’s government has launched several tenders for energy infrastructure projects since 2019. Ongoing tenders include solar PV power plants with total capacity of 1 GW in 2019-2025, supported by the Asian Development Bank.
Bilateral agreements signed with foreign companies, including Total Eren (France), Masdar (UAE), and Aqua Power (Saudi Arabia), will also amount to 1.6 GW total capacity.
Mr. Sultanov also highlighted Uzbekistan’s energy reforms to date, and reiterated the country’s ambitious goal to double by 2030 its energy generation capacity to 30 GW – 25% of which will be via renewable energy sources. The Minister noted Uzbekistan’s renewables potential is significant, with solar power representing 51 billion tonnes of oil equivalent and wind energy representing 360 million tonnes of oil equivalent.
As an example of Uzbek-German cooperation, Mr. Sultanov highlighted the joint project between JSC Uzbekneftegaz (UNG) and Siemens Energy to overhaul the gas turbine engines and compressor units in UNG’s plants.