Ukraine firm to supply turbines to Tajikistan’s 3,000-MW Nurek

During a visit to Ukraine by Tajikistan President Imomali Rakhmon, Ukraine hydro equipment supplier Turboatom agreed to supply six turbines for rehabilitation of Tajikistan’s 3,000-MW Nurek hydroelectric project.

Turboatom officials signed a memorandum December 5, during Rakhmon’s visit to Turboatom facilities. The agreement was negotiated in private during the visit.

Nurek, which has been undergoing rehabilitation on the Vakhsh River, produces more than 70 percent of the country’s electricity. (HNN 11/24/08) The project plays a key role in regulating the frequency of power transmitted through the interconnected grids of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The first new unit is to be delivered in 2009, followed by two each in 2010 and 2011 and one in 2012. Turboatom said Tajikistan officials also are interested in modernizing other 40-year-old equipment at Nurek.

Turboatom to resume supply to 3,600-MW Rogun

The supplier said it also is ready to renew deliveries of hydro turbines to Tajikistan’s 3,600-MW Rogun hydroelectric project, whose construction began in 1980, but stalled at the end of the Soviet era. The Tajikistan government recently struggled for funding to complete the project. (HNN 6/19/08)

Turboatom Director General Viktor Subotin said the company plans to begin manufacturing Rogun’s third generating unit in the immediate future. Rogun currently has two 200-MW turbines built by Turboatom. Subotin said about 30 percent of the equipment manufactured for the project is located at Turboatom facilities.

Officials of Turboatom and of Tajikistan’s Department of Energy and Industry signed an additional protocol, expressing the intent to create a joint venture in Tajikistan to design and produce hydroelectric equipment for small and medium-sized hydroelectric projects in Tajikistan.

Turboatom also confirmed its readiness to refurbish turbines at Tajikistan’s 240-MW Golovnaya, 24-MW Perepednaya (HNN 12/4/06), 126-MW Kayrakkum (HNN 5/24/07), and 600-MW Baipaza. (HNN 8/20/08)

During his visit to Ukraine, Rakhmon signed a number of agreements with Ukraine President Victor Yushchenko, who emphasized the importance of hydropower to the relationship.

“The priority for our relations is development of cooperation in hydroenergy,” Yushchenko said.

The Ukraine president said there is need to modernize Tajik hydropower equipment manufactured in the Ukraine as well as plans to establish “a few dozen” small and medium-sized hydro projects across the central Asian nation.

“Eighty-seven percent of the equipment functioning at Tajikistan’s hydroelectric and heat power plants was made in Ukraine,” Yushchenko said.

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