Goldwind secures turbine deal for the 500 MW Zarafshan wind farm (Uzbekistan)
The Chinese turbine manufacturing company Goldwind has secured a deal with the UAE’s Masdar and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to supply 111 GW155-4.5MW turbines for the 500 MW Zarafshan wind farm, located in the Navoiy region of central Uzbekistan. Project delivery is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2022 and to be complete by the end of 2024, when the wind farm is expected to become operational.
The Zarafshan wind farm, once completed, will be able to power 500,000 households and reduce carbon emissions by 1.1 MtCO2/year. The project is expected to attract more than US$600m in foreign direct investment.
At the end of 2021, Uzbekistan had only 1 MW of installed wind capacity (and 104 MW for solar). Nonetheless, in its updated NDC (2021), Uzbekistan plans to build 5 GW of solar, 3 GW of wind, and 1.9 GW of hydropower capacities by 2030 to cover 25% of the power mix (up from 10% in 2019). The country also plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
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