Thursday, 13 May 2021 07:54 GMT

Uzbek-Saudi deal inked to build largest wind farm in Uzbekistan

( MENAFN ) An agreement has been inked by Uzbekistan’s northwestern Republic of Karakalpakstan with Saudi Arabian company ACWA Power to build a 1,500 MW wind farm in the former.

The country's energy ministry said in a statement that the wind farm is set to be the biggest in the Central Asia region after completion, and will cover the needs of approximately 4 million households and offset about 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.

Uzbekistan, which produces 85 percent of its electricity with thermal power plants, sets to decrease its reliance on natural gas and coal and develop its renewable energy sector.

Uzbek Deputy Energy Minister Sherzod Khojaev said in the statement that "We are learning a lot from our Middle Eastern and especially Saudi partners in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The ACWA Power project will greatly contribute to this process. Our plan is to produce 25 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030."

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