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Uzbekistan obtains World Bank support for green energy project [free access]

June 30, 2021

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has recently approved Uzbekistan’s “Electricity Sector Transformation and Resilient Transmission Project”. The latter is all set to receive a USD380 million-credit funding from the International Development Association (IDA), and a USD43 million loan from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) under the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative facility. 

 

The project will directly support the integration of 1,500 MW of renewable energy into the power grid and is expected to be completed by 2028.

 

Works under the project will be undertaken by the joint-stock company National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan, and will include rehabilitation, upgrade, and expansion of 22 existing obsolete high-voltage substations and construction of a new 500 kV transmission substation and associated transmission lines in 11 regions of the country. Some of the refurbished transmission infrastructure will also connect Uzbekistan with the power systems of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

 

The aim of this project is to assist the country in its clean energy transition by improving the transmission network’s capacity to incorporate the RE produced by the private sector. The project will thus contribute to the government’s plans to decarbonise the electricity sector.