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ACWA Power, a Saudi-listed firm renowned as the world’s largest private water desalination company, has achieved a significant milestone. The inaugural wind turbine for its 500MW Bash wind farm initiative, situated in Uzbekistan’s Bukhara region, has been successfully installed.
The wind turbine generator (WTG), crafted by Envision, is the largest of its category across Central Asia, boasting a capacity of 6.5MW. The task of installing both the wind turbine and generator was executed by the China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC). CEEC was appointed as the EPC contractor for each of the 500MW wind farms in Bash and Dzhankeldy in December 2022.
Slated for commissioning by Q1 of 2025, the Bash wind farm will house 79 wind turbine generators (WTG). This will yield over 1,650 GWh of electricity annually, reducing 750 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Additionally, ACWA Power holds a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan.
ACWA Power’s impressive portfolio includes 10 projects within Uzbekistan, collectively valued at US$7.5 billion in investment. Through these sustained investments and strategic partnerships, the company reinforces its commitment to fostering the sustainable evolution of Uzbekistan’s energy landscape. This approach not only strengthens the economic growth but also propels the nation towards its renewable energy goals
Kashif Rana, Chief Portfolio Management Officer of ACWA Power, said, “The successful installation of the first turbine on the Bash wind farm is just one of the many milestones that we are excited to mark on this project. Most importantly, the steady progress takes us closer to supporting and contributing to Uzbekistan’s long-term ambitions to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix. ”