Uzbekistan opens hydropower plant in Andijan

September 2, 2010


Uzbek authorities put a newly-constructed hydropower plant in Andijan into operation on Tuesday, the Trend news agency reported.

The $28.5 million plant, which was completed earlier this year, has a designated capacity of 171.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

The plant is a joint venture between the Uzbek Agriculture and Water Management Ministry and the China National Electric Equipment Corp (CNEEC), which signed an agreement to build one hydropower station each in Andijan and Akhangaran.

The Akhangaran power plant, near the reservoir of the same name, has already been completed. The plant produces 66.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

CNEEC provided ready-to-use equipment for construction of the Andijan hydropower plant, while the Uzbek ministry oversaw construction and assembly.

Uzbekistan plans to build nine new hydropower plants, as it stipulated in its 2010-2014 energy strategy. Experts estimate that Uzbekistan’s rivers and reservoirs can sustain 141 hydropower plants for electricity generation.

As part of that program, the country also recently completed a refurbishment of its Gissarak hydropower station.

Currently, Uzbekistan has 49 hydropower plants with a combined capacity of just more than 12.4 million MW.