Uzbekistan’s hydropower development program plans to build 42 power plants

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has developed a program of measures for further development of the country’s hydropower sector for the period 2017-2021, the official Jahon information agency reported.

The document aims at consistent increase in the use of renewable energy sources, creation of new environmentally friendly generating capacities, technical and technological re-equipment of existing hydroelectric power stations on the basis of modern technologies.

In the next five years, it is planned to build a record number of new hydroelectric power plants in the country — 42, with 32 existing power plants to be upgraded in accordance with the latest international standards.

The implementation of the hydropower development program in Uzbekistan will be based on gradual creation of new and modernization of existing generating capacities in the electric power industry through the widespread use of renewable clean energy sources.

In the meantime, by his decree the President of Uzbekistan has recently established a new joint stock company, Uzgidroenergo (UzHydroEnergy), which will unite all hydropower plants in Uzbekistan which formerly were part of JSC Uzbekenergo, the country’s state energy holding.

The new company has been created for the formation of a unified system for the management of water and energy resources, consistent attraction of foreign investments into hydropower development, and ensuring the satisfaction of needs of the Uzbek enterprises and the population in electric energy.

Sergey Kwan