Monday, May 14, 2012 -
Uzbekistan is looking for a contractor to upgrade the country’s massive Syr Darya combined heat and power plant (CHPP) in a project worth $57.3 million.
Uzbek state electricity producer Uzbekenergo wants to reconstruct power units three and four at Syr Darya CHPP, with an output of 300 megawatts per unit.
The winning company will design and install turnkey equipment for the project.
Uzbekenergo will accept tenders to a June 12 deadline and will announce the winner in the third quarter of 2012, the industry news web site Cogeneration & On-site Power Production reported.
The project must be completed by the end of 2013.
Financing will be sourced from the power company’s own coffers with support of a loan from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan.
The plant is the largest of its kind in Central Asia.
With an annual power transmission output of 13 billion kilowatt hours, Syr Darya CHPP currently generates one-third of all the electricity produced in Uzbekistan.
It has 10 power units of 300 MW apiece, giving it an installed capacity of 3,000 MW.
In 2009, Uzbekenergo spent $20 million of its own funds to pay a Russian firm OJSC Power Machines for restoration work of the CHPP’s fifth power unit.
The plant’s seventh and eight units were reconstructed in 2002 for $45.4 million. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided $27.8 million toward the cost, which went to paying Siemens AG for the job.