Uzbekistan’s state hydropower producer and developer Uzbekhydroenergo announced the commissioning of the Zarchob hydropower plant (Zarchob small HPP-1) on March 30th after a four-year construction project.
The project, which began in August 2017 following a presidential decree, was completed on time despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and has started to meet industrial and commercial demand for electricity in the Surkhandarya region, Uzbek Hydroenergo said.
“Today’s successful commissioning means that the hydropower potential of our country is actively growing. We would like to thank the hydropower engineers of Uzbekistan for their excellent care, their commitment and their work,” said the Chairman of Uzbekhydroenergo Abdugani Sanginov said. “The commissioning of the small HPP-1 plant in Zarchob will make an important contribution to the optimal use of Uzbekistan’s natural resources, increase energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energies in our country’s energy mix,” he added.
High-ranking representatives from Uzbekhydroenergo and UE Tupalang HPP as well as employees from Zarchob small HPP-1 took part in the commissioning of the plant.
This project is one of several ongoing investment projects to build new hydropower plants and modernize existing ones. It is part of Uzbekistan’s ambitious national energy strategy to generate a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030, the Uzbek Ministry of Energy said, recalling that the strategy envisages 3.8 GW of hydropower, 5 GW of solar energy and up to 3 GW of wind energy .
In 2020, Uzbekhydroenergo commissioned six HPP modernization and construction projects with a total capacity of 118.3 MW, which can generate 543 million kWh of electricity. The projects created 103 new jobs and the total cost was US $ 212.6 million, US $ 101.4 million from Uzebekhydroenergo’s own resources and US $ 111.2 million in foreign loans.
The Zarchob plant is located in the Sariasia District in the Surkhandarya Region in Uzbekistan. It has two hydropower plants with a total capacity of 37.4 MW and uses water from the Tupalang River through a 480 meter long tunnel and a 1,300 meter long canal.
The construction project was developed by Hydroproject, a subsidiary of Uzbekhydroenergo, and carried out by To’palang HPD Platinum.
The hydraulic equipment was supplied by Dongfang Electric International Corporation, a leading Chinese company. The assembly and installation was carried out by highly qualified international and Uzbek specialists together with Chinese specialists.