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ACWA starts work on a hydrogen plant in Uzbekistan involving 2.4 GW of wind

The Saudi power company ACWA Power and the Chinese state-owned power group PowerChina have launched construction works on a green hydrogen plant in the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan. The project will be developed in two phases. The US$100m first phase will see the development of a 3 kt/year green ammonia project, to be used by the Uzbek chemicals industry as a replacement for natural gas. The US$4bn second phase plans the development of 2.4 GW of wind capacity to power the production of 500 kt/year of green ammonia.

Uzbekistan targets a 25% renewable share by 2030 and plans to reach 8 GW of solar and wind capacity by 2026 and 12 GW by 2030. The country is planning to build at least 5 GW of solar, 3 GW of wind, and 1.9 GW of hydropower capacities by 2030. It also plans to decarbonise 35% of its energy sector by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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