Saudi Arabian company ACWA Power has installed a wind turbine in Uzbekistan
The turbine is part of the 500MW Bash wind farm project, located in the Bukhara region of the Central Asian country. With a capacity of 6.5MW, Envision's wind turbine generator (WTG) is the biggest of its kind in Central Asia. Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) installed the wind turbine and generator.
On 7 December last year, CEEC was granted the EPC contract for each of the 500MW wind farms in Bash and Dzhankeldy. The Bash wind farm, which is projected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025, will feature 79 wind turbine generators (WTG) and will generate more than 1,650 GWh of power annually while lowering carbon dioxide emissions by 750 tonnes. For the project, ACWA Power has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan. ACWA Power has a portfolio of ten projects in Uzbekistan, totaling US$7.5bn in investment.
Remarking on the announcement, ACWA Power’s chief portfolio management officer Kashif Rana, said, “The successful installation of the first turbine on the Bash wind farm is just one of the many milestones that we are excited to mark on this project. Most importantly, the steady progress takes us closer to supporting and contributing to Uzbekistan’s long-term ambitions to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix.”