Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant
After years of opposing hydropower projects in neighboring countries, Uzbekistan has sprung a surprise by revealing it plans to pursue one of its own.
Sources at UzbekHydroEnergo, a company only recently created on the orders of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, told media on November 13 that the hydroelectricity generator will be built on the Pskem River, in the Tashkent region.
Sputnik news agency cited its source as saying the 400-megawatt plant would produce 900 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, making this second largest such facility in the country after the Soviet-built 620-megawatt Charvak hydroelectricity plant.
The Export-Import Bank of China is reportedly extending a $240 million loan toward the overall $800 million cost of completing the project.
The turn to hydropower can be added to the ever-growing slate of changes of heart effected in government policy since the ascent to power of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
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