LAUNCH OF THE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE FIRST WIND PPP PROJECT IN KARAKALPAKSTAN (THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN) WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
As per the Nationally Determined Contribution (“NDC”) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Government of Uzbekistan (“GOU”) is committed to the general goals of policy for improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy balance.
In order to meet the power demand and to work towards the NDC objectives, GOU is implementing a strategy to deploy up to 3 GW of wind power capacity by 2030. As part of this initiative, GOU has launched a program for the development of wind power projects, with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) for a capacity of up to 1GW under public-private partnership (“PPP”) modality.
Through the current tender process to select an independent power producer, GOU wishes to advance the first project of the program, a 100 MW wind power plant and associated evacuation infrastructure (“Project”), at a site situated in the Qorao’zak district of Karakalpakstan in the Republic of Uzbekistan. GOU intends to develop the broader area with a total wind power capacity of 300 MW, with subsequent competitive bidding aimed at procuring remaining 200 MW.
A two-stage tender process with an initial Expression of Interest (“EOI”), a subsequent Request For Qualification (“RFQ”) process, followed by a Request For Proposal (“RFP”) process is implemented in order to attract and select a qualified private developer-investor for the Project (the “Private Partner”).
The tender process is implemented by Ministry of Energy (“MOE”), Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade (“MIFT”) and Public-Private Partnership Development Agency under the Ministry of Finance (PPPDA), with support from EBRD.
The Tender Committee after a public announcement regarding the Project on MOE’s official webpage through a request for EOI received 70 successful EOI submissions and published this list on May 20, 2020, on MOE’s official webpage.
The companies and consortia should now submit their qualification applications by November 10, 2020.