GE secures $104m contract to modernise Toktogul hydropower plant in Kyrgyzstan

WCN Editorial Team 14 Feb 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

A joint venture of GE Hydro (France) and GE Renewables (Switzerland) has won a $104m turn-key contract from JSC Electric Power Plants (EPP) to modernise the Toktogul hydropower plant in Kyrgyz Republic.

The project will include new units which will improve safety, efficiency, reliability and availability of the Toktogul plant, which is located on the Naryn river in the Jalal-Abad Province.

The new units will increase the hydropower plant’s overall capacity to 1,440MW. The additional capacity will be sufficient to supply power to 200,000 households for an entire year.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) financed the replacement of four units of the Toktogul plant, which has been generating 6,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year for 43 years.

In recent years, the power plant has been experiencing several failures due to ageing equipment.

JSC EPP began phased rehabilitation of the Toktogul plant in 2012, starting with the refurbishment of the secondary electrical and mechanical equipment, rehabilitation of two Toktogul units, and later completed the remaining two Toktogul units, with an overall target completion by 2024-26.

GE has committed to commission the first unit by November 2020 and one additional unit each year by November 2023.

ADB country director for the Kyrgyz Republic Candice McDeigan said: “ADB has been supporting the energy sector in the Kyrgyz Republic since 1996 as the rehabilitation, replacement, and augmentation of power sector assets are critical for energy security in the country.”

ADB director of energy division in the Central and West Asia Department Ashok Bhargava said: “The phased rehabilitation of the Toktogul plant has been the key priority for ADB’s energy sector support in the Kyrgyz Republic and its timely rehabilitation is key to the country’s plan to export summer surplus to Afghanistan and Pakistan through the CASA-1000 power transmission line.”

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