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TAQA and Uzbekistan government partner for power projects and infrastructure investment

Strategic partnership to accelerate TAQA’s international growth strategy and build upon the Group’s pipeline of investments in Uzbekistan’s power sector transformation. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), one of the largest listed integrated utilities in the region, has announced a collaboration with the government of Uzbekistan to explore strategic opportunities for investment in Uzbekistan’s power sector 

These opportunities include new and existing power plants as well as associated power infrastructure and collectively could be worth more than US$3bn. 

The implementation agreement covers proposals for a greenfield combined cycle power plant with a capacity of approximately 1.5GW. The new project is set to be developed adjacent to the existing Talimarjan power complex where TAQA has already announced plans to invest in the privatisation of two gas-fired power plants. The new partnership is expected to cover the design, financing, engineering, procurement, commissioning, testing, ownership and operation of the power plant by TAQA.

The agreements are also looking at opportunities to invest in existing and further greenfield gas-fired power generation plants with a combined capacity of more than 3GW along with electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure in Uzbekistan.  

This strategic collaboration between TAQA and the government of Uzbekistan is another significant milestone in TAQA’s international growth strategy. These agreements open the door for TAQA to bring its operation and maintenance expertise to Uzbekistan in support of new and existing power generation projects. The company will also support the Uzbekistan Government’s process of reform for the sector. In transmission and distribution, the company will bring in international best practice infrastructure development and operation to help the Uzbekistan Government achieve substantial improvements in transmission and distribution network performance, network asset modernisation, customer experience, and collection services. 

Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s group CEO and managing director, commented, “TAQA welcomes the opportunity to leverage its extensive global expertise as part of our collaboration with the Government of Uzbekistan. Working together we can accelerate the sustainable development of the country’s power sector and build on the strong relationship between our two countries. In addition to helping modernise Uzbekistan’s network and generation sector capabilities, working closely with the country’s leading ministerial agencies will allow us to expand our international portfolio, strengthening our position as a global utilities leader.”

At the same signing ceremony, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, a joint venture owned by TAQA, ADNOC and Mubadala signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) and the Ministry of Investments, Industry and Trade (MIIT) to develop over 2GW of solar and wind projects and 500MW-hours of battery energy storage at multiple sites across the country.