As part of electrical industry overhaul, Talimarjan thermal power plant was equipped in 2004 with an 800-MW power unit, the only such unit in Central Asia.
The electricity generated by the plant feeds the entire south-western energy system, including Shurtan and Kokdumalak Gas Chemical Complex, with voltages of 220 and 500 kV.
Sinceits commissioning, Talimarjan has generated over 66.72 billion kWh of electricity, with 6.94 billion generated in 2016 alone, exceeding estimates by 1.5%.
Uzbekenergo is now investing in projects aimed at reducing costs, ensuring security, and mitigating ecological impact.
Under the Presidential resolution ‘On measures for realisation of ‘Talimarjan Power Plant expansion with two 450MW combined cycle gas turbines’ project,’ two CCGT units were put for construction in 2013.
The construction was assisted by Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction and Daewoo International Corporation.
Financed by credits of the Asian Development Bank, JAICA, and Uzbekistan’s Reconstruction and Development Fund, the project turned out the first unit in August 2016, with the second commissioned in 2016.
The two units will raise cost-efficiency and produce an additional 7.2 billion kWh of energy per year. Less energy will be lost during transportation to the Samarkand-Bukhara power center.
As of February, the two units have generated a total of 1520.2 kWh, using around 220 grams of fuel, a 95-gram decrease compared with the 800-MW unit.
Also, the presidential-resolution-backed project titled ‘Construction of VL-500 kV Talimarjan Power Plant – PS Sogdiana with 500 kV switchgear at Talimarjan Power Plant’ was realized, with financing by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The project aims at securing electricity supply to the south-western and southern parts of the system and reduce costs. (UzReport/Business World Magazine)