Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy has announced that the three-year project to modernise the Kadyrinskaya hydropower plant (Kadyrinskaya HPP-3) has been completed on time.
The modernisation was carried out in co-operation with a leading Chinese hydropower enterprise and a team of Chinese specialists. The project cost was US$27.6 million, and capital was provided through a $9.8 million Eximbank loan from the People’s Republic of China and $17.8 million from Uzbekistan’s own funds.
This project is one of several ongoing investment projects to construct new hydropower plants and modernise existing ones. It is part of Uzbekistan’s national energy strategy, which seeks to generate a quarter of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The strategy aims for 3.8 GW of hydro energy, 5 GW of solar energy and up to 3 GW of wind energy.
The project, which commenced in December 2017 following a Presidential Decree, was completed on time despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During the last months of the project, employees and contractors worked around the clock under special quarantine conditions.
Modernisation of the plant has increased its capacity from 13.23 MW to 15.34 MW and average annual power output to 124.4 million kWh.
The main hydraulic equipment was produced by Dongfang Electric International Corporation, the Chinese state-owned manufacturer of power generating equipment, with assembly and installation executed by international and Uzbek specialists. Design work was executed by specialists from JSC Hydroproject. JSC Suvsanoatmash and JSC Uzbekgidroenergostroy assisted with the construction of individual elements.