ILF Consulting Engineers, based in Innsbruck, Austria, announced its group has signed a contract with state-owned utility, Open Stock Holding Power Co. (Barki Tojik), to provide project implementation consulting services for modernization at the 126-MW Kayrakkum hydroelectric facility on the Syr Darya River in northwest Tajikistan.
The amount of the ILF contract award is not immediately available, however, investment for the two modernization phases totals US$169 million.
According to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Phase 1 of rehabilitation and upgrade at Kayrakkum (also spelled Kairakkum or Qairokkum) includes:
• Modernizing hydro electromechanical equipment for two of six units;
• Strengthening technical knowledge of the power sector officials; and
• Preparing a regulatory action plan.
Phase II will concentrate on the following:
• Implementing the action plan, with particular emphasis on providing support for developing a new tariff methodology;
• Building policy and regulatory authority; and
• Assisting Tajikistan government in drafting relevant regulatory legislation that includes support for improvements in Barki Tojik’s corporate governance and business conduct.
EBRD will finance part of the project, expected to be in the range of US$50 million, for Phase 1 and to date is the organization’s largest monetary investment in Tajikistan.
Financing from the Climate Investment Fund, through its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), will provide a US$11 million grant and a $10 million concessional loan. The $1.2 billion PPCR is a funding window of the $8.1 billion Climate Investment Fund, in place to assist developing countries in integrating climate resilience into development planning.
The Kayrakkum scheme, which also includes Kayrakkum Reservoir, Kayrakkum Dam and a powerhouse, was commissioned in 1959. The powerhouse has six Kaplan turbines and most of the plant’s hydro electromechanical equipment has reached the end of its design-life.
In addition to installing new electromechanical equipment and rehabilitating civil structures — each designed for efficient climate resiliency — Barki Tojik seeks to increase installed capacity from 126 MW to 174 MW, which would increase annual total generation up to 900 GWh.
Barki Tojik is a 100% state-owned, vertically integrated power utility responsible for generation, transmission and electricity distribution within Tajikistan.