- US$108million Nukus wind project signals ACWA Power’s expansion into the Uzbek energy industry
- Financial close for the project targeted for Q3 2022, with commercial operations expected by early 2024
Riyadh, KSA: ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation, desalinated water and green hydrogen plants worldwide, today announced it has finalised the project agreements for the 100MW Nukus wind project in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Valued at US$108 million, the Nukus wind farm is located in the Karakalpakstan region, in North-western Uzbekistan. This project is Uzbekistan’s first publicly tendered wind project. ACWA Power won the competitive bid after proposing a tariff of US 2.5695 cents/kwh.
ACWA Power Wind Karatau FE LLC signed the 25- year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU), and ACWA Power Wind Karatau FE LLC and ACWA Power signed the Government Support Agreement (GSA) with the Government of Uzbekistan represented by the Ministry of Finance. Representatives from the Public-Private Partnership Development Agency under the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) were also presented during the signing ceremony.
Alisher Sultanov, Uzbekistan Minister of Energy, said: “We welcome this agreement as a further indication of ACWA Power’s commitment to Uzbekistan’s energy future. It is also a validation of the open and transparent bidding process we have put in place, with 12 well-qualified international bidders competing. We look forward to working with ACWA on this and its other exciting projects in our country.”
The Nukus wind farm is ACWA Power’s fourth project in Uzbekistan, after the US$1.2 billion Sirdarya project, which is a 1500MW Combined Cycle Gas-Turbine (CCGT) power plant, the 500 MW Bash facility and the US$1.3 billion Djankedly wind power project in Bukhara.
Commenting on the occasion, Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, said: “We are delighted to continue our expansion in Uzbekistan. The signing of the power purchase agreement for the Nukus wind farm is yet another landmark achievement for the country and for our company, as it reinforces our growing relationship with the Uzbek government and our commitment to accelerating the country’s energy transition.”
Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power, said: “Uzbekistan is undergoing tremendous change as it progresses quickly towards an industrialised, connected and economically prosperous future. To achieve these goals, energy demand is set to increase rapidly and we at ACWA Power have the expertise, experience and technological know-how to deliver on these ambitions while ensuring the trajectory to achieving the net zero commitment, all as demonstrated by our work in our home market of Saudi Arabia, and beyond. We look forward to continue working with our government partners in Uzbekistan in realising their plans.”
The project seeks to bolster the Uzbekistan government’s efforts to diversify the country’s energy mix and increase its renewable energy capacity in line with recent strategic reforms. The country’s Ministry of Energy is targeting an 8GW capacity for solar and wind energy by 2026.
The Nukus wind farm’s financial close is expected to be finalised by the third quarter of 2022, with commercial operations scheduled for early 2024.
About ACWA Power:
ACWA Power (TADAWUL:2082) is a developer, investor and operator of power generation, desalinated water and green hydrogen production plants. Registered and established in 2004 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; ACWA Power employs about 3,500 people and is currently present in 13 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. ACWA Power’s portfolio includes 66 assets with an investment value of SAR 252 billion (USD 67.2), producing 42.8 GW of power and 6.4 million m3/day of desalinated water delivered on a bulk basis to address the needs of state utilities and industries on long term, off-taker contracts under utility services outsourcing and Public-Private-Partnership models.
ACWA Power’s mission is to deliver electricity and desalinated water reliably and responsibly at a low cost, thereby contributing effectively to the sustainable, social and economic development of communities.