The National Grid of Uzbekistan announced on September 6 the launch of Request for Qualification stage of a tender to select independent power producers to develop solar PV plants in Uzbekistan on BOOT basis, the Uzbek Energy Ministry said, which is carrying out the tender with the Investments and Foreign Trade Ministry and Public-Private Partnership Development Agency under the Finance Ministry. The project is being conducted in consultation with International Finance Corporation.
The tender includes 3 site lots in Namangan, Bukhara and Khorezm regions with the total summed capacity of up to 500 MW, the Uzbek Energy Ministry said, adding that the tender will have qualification and proposal stages. The winning developers are expected to design, finance, operate, maintain, and transfer the solar PV plants. For Bukhara site it is envisioned to integrate battery energy storage system as part of the project scope.
According to Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry, all interested parties are free to download the Request for Qualification (RFQ) document and participate at this stage of the tender.