Asian bank to fund new switchyard for Tajikistan’s 3,000-MW Nurek

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$54.77 million grant to Tajikistan to finance construction of a replacement switchyard for the 3,000-MW Nurek hydroelectric project on Tajikistan’s Vakhsh River.

ADB said November 19 that Tajikistan utility Barki Tajik is to recruit an engineering-procurement-construction contractor by international bidding under ADB guidelines. Work would begin in February 2009 for completion in January 2014. A total of 85 person-months of international consultants also are to be required for the project.

Nurek produces more than 70 percent of the country’s electricity and plays a key role in regulating the frequency of power transmitted through the interconnected grids of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. (HNN 11/14/06)

Its two switchyards were built more than 30 years ago on unstable ground that has been submerging, preventing the plant from delivering a stable supply of power.

ADB said November 19 that its funds would be used to replace outdated equipment in the 500-kilovolt switchyard, with new switchgear moved to a more stable area of the plant. The ADB grant follows an earlier government loan agreement under which Germany’s reconstruction credit agency, Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) agreed to finance replacement equipment in the 220-kV switchyard.

The government and Barki Tajik are to provide counterpart funding of US$12.1 million for the project.

ADB said it also supports Tajikistan’s efforts to better utilize the country’s hydropower. It said the country’s vast hydropower resources have barely been tapped, adding there is significant potential to export hydro-generated electricity to neighboring countries that suffer power shortages.

The ADB project officer is Jim Liston, Central and West Asia Department, Infrastructure Division, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326113; E-mail: jliston@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

For information, contact Barki Tajik, 64 Ismoil Somoni St., Dushanbe 734026 Tajikistan; (992) 372-358668; Fax: (992) 372-358692; E-mail: bark_tojik@tajnet.com.

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