Masdar Strengthens Presence in Uzbekistan With Agreement to Develop 440 MW Solar Projects

• Masdar signs agreements with Government of Uzbekistan to develop public-private partnership (PPP) solar projects in Samarkand and Jizzakh regions, each with a capacity of 220 megawatts

• Masdar’s existing projects in Republic of Uzbekistan include country’s first PPP solar project, and Zarafshan wind farm – the largest in Central Asia 

PVTIME – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; July 13, 2021  Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company and one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, announced today that it is expanding its footprint in the Republic of Uzbekistan, with the signing of agreements to develop two photovoltaic (PV) power projects in the country for a combined capacity of 440 megawatts.

H.E. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade for the Republic of Uzbekistan, signed the Investment Agreements for both projects with Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, at an event today in Tashkent. The Power Purchase Agreements were signed by H.E Sobirjon Artikov, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan, and Masdar’s Al Ramahi. H.E Shukhrat Vafaev, Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade, H.E Sherzod Khodjaev, Deputy Minister of Energy, and H.E. Saeed Matar Al-Qemzi, UAE Ambassador to Uzbekistan, also attended the event.

“The Government of Uzbekistan opened up the power sector to private investments by implementing public-private partnership projects that can attract foreign capital in an efficient and transparent manner,” said H.E. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade for the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Under the agreements, Masdar will develop, build and operate the plants, which will each have a capacity of 220 MW, on a public-private partnership basis. Commercial operation of the projects, which will be located in the Samarkand and Jizzakh regions of Uzbekistan, is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023. The International Finance Corporation acted as lead transaction advisor, assisting the Government of Uzbekistan to structure the projects and organize the selection of the winning bidder through an open tender process.

“The Ministry of Energy has been working closely with the IFC to help Uzbekistan reach its goal of 25 percent of energy consumption deriving from renewable sources by 2030,” said H.E. Alisher Sultanov, Minister of Energy for the Republic of Uzbekistan. “These projects are key components in our ambitious strategy to develop environmentally friendly renewable sources of energy to meet our growing electricity demand.”

“These new projects are a further demonstration of Masdar’s commitment to supporting the Republic of Uzbekistan in achieving its clean-energy and climate change objectives,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar. “Uzbekistan is a key strategic investment destination for Masdar as the Government continues to take a leadership role in clean energy projects in the region, and accelerate the nation’s energy transition. Masdar is proud to support Uzbekistan’s decarbonization strategy through our strong portfolio of wind and solar projects in the country.”

In May, Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy announced that Masdar was selected for both projects based on a competitive tender.  Masdar has also won the tender for another solar project in Uzbekistan, for a 457 MW photovoltaic solar power plant in the Sherabad district of the Surkhandarya province.

The new project wins add to Masdar’s existing projects in Uzbekistan, with the company last year announcing financial close on the 100 MW Nur Navoi Solar Project – Uzbekistan’s first successfully financed independent power producer (IPP) solar project. Masdar has also agreed to develop, build and operate a 500 MW wind farm in Zarafshan, and in April, the company signed an Implementation Agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of the project to up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW), making it the largest in Central Asia.

Under its renewable energy program, Uzbekistan aims to deploy 5 GW of solar and 3 GW of wind power capacity by 2030, as it targets meeting 25 percent of electricity needs from renewable sources by that year.