Uzbekistan’s 100 MW PV tender attracts bids from 23 companies

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Uzbekenergo JSC, Uzbekistan’s state-owned energy company, has received project proposals from 23 companies for the country’s first tender for large-scale PV, according to statement by the International Financial Corp. (IFC). The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is advising the Uzbek government on the tender process.

The utility accepted submissions from 23 companies from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the IFC said, without naming the bidders. “This is a testimony to the strong commitment by the government of Uzbekistan to increasing private sector participation in the country through an open, competitive, and transparent process that is generating confidence in the country’s infrastructure program and will result in better value for the country,” said IFC Regional Director for Central Asia and Europe, Wiebke Schloemer.

As a next step, Uzbekenergo will notify shortlisted companies that meet the criteria and invite them to submit their bids, the IFC stated. The tender, launched at the beginning of February, is designed to deploy 100 MW of solar at an unspecified location in southwestern Uzbekistan and is part of the government’s plan to install 1 GW of solar power. The tendered project is configured as a landmark public-private partnership (PPP) transaction, the IFC said.

Uzbekistan is targeting 4 GW of PV installations by 2031, as it aims to cover 21% of its energy demand with renewables. Currently, gas accounts for almost 76% of its electricity demand, while fuel oil and coal account for 7% and 6%, respectively. Overall, the country’s total power generation capacity stands at around 12.6 GW.