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  • Ahmed Saleh

Saudi-listed ACWA Power installs first wind turbine in Uzbekistan.

Riyadh, August 08, 2023, ACWA Power, a prominent Saudi-listed company renowned as the global leader in private water desalination, has achieved a significant milestone in its pursuit of sustainable energy solutions. The company, which has established itself as a pioneer in the field of green hydrogen and a frontrunner in driving the transition towards cleaner energy sources, has recently completed the installation of the inaugural wind turbine for its ambitious 500 MW Bash wind farm project. This groundbreaking initiative is situated in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan, marking a significant step forward in the country's renewable energy landscape. Envision, a leading manufacturer in the renewable energy sector, has recently unveiled its groundbreaking wind turbine generator (WTG) in Central Asia. Boasting an impressive capacity of 6.5 MW, this cutting-edge technology has set a new record as the largest of its kind in the region. The wind turbine and generator installation was executed by China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC), an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor. In a significant development, CEEC (Central Eurasian Energy Corporation) has been granted the esteemed Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for both the Bash and Dzhankeldy wind farms. Each of these wind farms boasts an impressive capacity of 500 MW. The momentous announcement was made on December 7, 2022. In a statement regarding the recent announcement, Kashif Rana, the Chief Portfolio Management Officer (CPMO) of ACWA Power, expressed his enthusiasm for the significant progress made on the Bash wind farm. Rana highlighted the successful installation of the first turbine as a noteworthy milestone among the numerous achievements that lie ahead for the project. In a significant development, the steady progress made brings us one step closer to supporting and actively contributing to Uzbekistan's ambitious long-term goal of augmenting the proportion of renewable energy sources in their energy portfolio. The Bash wind farm, slated for completion in the first quarter of 2025, is set to become a significant player in the renewable energy sector. With a total of 79 wind turbine generators (WTG), this ambitious project aims to harness the power of wind to generate an impressive annual electricity output of over 1,650 GWh. In addition to its substantial energy production, the Bash wind farm is projected to have a substantial environmental impact by curbing carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 750 metric tons per year. ACWA Power, a leading international developer and operator of power generation and water desalination projects, has recently secured a significant 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan. This agreement marks a major milestone for ACWA Power, as it solidifies their commitment to the development of sustainable energy solutions in the region. Under the terms of the PPA, ACWA Power will be responsible for supplying a substantial amount of power to the national grid of Uzbekistan for the next quarter of a century. This partnership is expected to not only bolster the country's energy infrastructure but also contribute to its long-term economic growth and stability. ACWA Power, a leading global developer and operator of power and water projects, has made significant strides in Uzbekistan, solidifying its position as a key player in the country's energy sector. With an impressive portfolio of 10 projects, ACWA Power has demonstrated its commitment to driving sustainable development and meeting the growing demand for reliable and efficient power generation. These projects, with a remarkable combined investment value of $7.5 billion, showcase ACWA Power's unwavering dedication to investing in Uzbekistan's energy infrastructure. By leveraging its expertise and experience, the company has successfully executed a range of projects that span various sectors, including renewable energy, thermal power, and water desalination. ACWA Power's investment in Uzbekistan has not only contributed to the country's economic growth but has also played a pivotal role in addressing its energy needs. The company's unwavering commitment to the sustainable development of Uzbekistan's energy landscape is evident through its ongoing investments and strategic partnerships. These initiatives not only contribute to the promotion of economic growth but also play a crucial role in advancing the country's renewable energy goals. Jeddah University students from Jeddah have showcased exceptional talent in various international sports competitions, proudly representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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