JSC Uzbekhydroenergo, Uzbekistan’s state hydropower producer and developer, announced commissioning of the 37.4-MW Zarchob Hydropower Plant after a four-year construction period.
The Zarchob plant is in the Sariasia district of Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan. It has two hydroelectric units and uses water from the Tupalang River via a 480-m-long tunnel and a 1,300-m-long canal.
The project, which commenced in August 2017 after a Presidential Decree, was completed on time despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and has started to satisfy industrial and commercial demand for electricity in the Surkhandarya region.
The commissioning ceremony for the plant was attended by senior representatives from Uzbekhydroenergo and UE Tupalang HPP, as well as staff from the Zarchob plant.
This project is one of several ongoing investment projects to construct new hydropower plants and modernize existing ones. It is part of Uzbekistan’s ambitious national energy strategy 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.
“Today’s successful commissioning means our country’s hydropower potential is actively growing, and we thank Uzbekistan’s hydropower engineers for their outstanding due diligence, dedication, and work,” said Abdugani Sanginov, Chairman of the Board of JSC Uzbekhydroenergo. “Commissioning of the Zarchob small HPP-1 plant will make an important contribution to an optimal use of Uzbekistan’s natural resources, boost energy efficiency and increase renewable energy’s share in our country’s energy mix.”
The construction project was developed by JSC Hydroproject, a subsidiary of Uzbekhydroenergo, with construction executed by To’palang HPD Platinum LLC. Hydraulic equipment was supplied by Dongfang Electric International Corporation, with assembly and installation by highly qualified international and Uzbek specialists together with Chinese specialists.