“This unique plant is an endless source of stories,” says Akram Ergashev, an engineer who helped build the plant. “Construction started in 1982, in Kashkadarya region, with the aim of providing electricity not only to Uzbekistan, but also to neighboring countries – Tajikistan, the south of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. It is the only power plant in Central Asia that has a power generation unit with capacity of 800 MW.”
Over the past few decades, the population in the southwestern regions of Uzbekistan has grown rapidly, and with it the number of industrial consumers who receive power from the Talimarjan plant. Consequently, it was necessary to expand the plant’s capacity, increase power generation and transmission efficiency, and create conditions for power export.
The Talimarjan Transmission Project included the addition of two new combined-cycle gas turbine units to generate more power (financed by ADB, JICA and local investments) and also construction of a new high-voltage power transmission line. These additions have reduced power transmission losses and increased power supply reliability. The number of electricity outages in the project area reduced from 92 hours to 24 hours per year, with voltage variation range reduced in half.
Today, over 4 million people in four southwestern regions of Uzbekistan, along with thousands of enterprises, enjoy a more reliable power supply. Robust operation of the plant and commissioning of new facilities will create opportunities to implement promising large and small business projects and further strengthen the country’s energy export potential.