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Saudi Firm ACWA Power To Build 1.5 GW Wind Farm In Uzbekistan

The huge Kungrad Wind Farm will have an investment value of $2.4 billion, while offsetting 2.4 million tons of carbon annually.

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Like many countries worldwide, Uzbekistan is beginning to ramp up its clean energy efforts. As part of the nation’s plans to decarbonize, Saudi Arabian company ACWA Power has been tasked to build a 1.5-gigawatt power generation plant in Karakalpakstan, which will be named the Kungrad Wind Farm.

With purchase and investment agreements signed in August 2022, ACWA is now ready to start work on three separate 500-megawatt wind turbine projects on the Uzbek site, plus an additional 100-megawatt battery storage system. In total, the site is projected to have an investment value of $2.4 billion and will be the largest single-site wind farm in Central Asia.

The Kungrad Wind Farm will offset 2.4 million tons of carbon emissions annually and support a long-term Uzbek government strategy to diversify the country’s energy production, which also aims to add 8 gigawatts and 12 gigawatts of solar and wind capacity, respectively, by 2030.

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“The development of green energy and market reform go hand in hand in Uzbekistan, and the Kungrad project is a milestone both for our wind industry and the new public-private partnership model […] The wind farm in Karakalpakstan, built by our reliable partner ACWA Power, will be another pillar of a sustainable and reliable energy system in Uzbekistan,” says Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov, Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan.

The project will be fully operational by 2027 when it will begin supplying energy to 1.65 million homes.

“The signing of key agreements today for the landmark Kungrad wind farm project, which will set a new benchmark for sustainable energy development in the region, would not have been possible without the guidance of our visionary leadership and the trust and commitment of our partners from the Uzbek government,” says Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman, ACWA Power.

The 1.5-gigawatt Kungrad Wind Farm is ACWA Power’s fifth project in Uzbekistan. As part of the recently signed collaboration, the Saudi Arabian company will also construct several green hydrogen production plants in the Central Asian country, as Uzbekistan aims to lessen its reliance on natural gas.

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ABB E-mobility Delivers Its Millionth EV Charger

Continued growth has been facilitated by doubling production capacity after the launch of the company’s new DC fast charger facility in Valdarno, Italy.

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ABB is a leader in electrification and automation solutions and has just announced the delivery of its millionth electric vehicle charger — the latest milestone in the company’s ongoing mission to create an emission-free future using smart and reliable EV charging solutions.

ABB currently boasts a presence in over 85 markets. After the launch of the company’s new $30 million, 16,000 squared meter production facility in Valdarno, Italy, production capacity has doubled over the last two years. The cutting-edge manufacturing plant recently set a new benchmark for the EV sector, producing a fast charger unit every 20 minutes, thanks to the high-tech factory’s seven simultaneous production lines.

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“While our continual investment in research and development shows our ongoing commitment to enhance the field of e-mobility, the global delivery of these solutions at scale is integral to the realization of our goals. I want to thank our customers globally for their continued collaboration in hitting this one millionth charger milestone. I look forward to the millions yet to come, and to the cleaner, greener world they will help create,” says Frank Mühlon, ABB E-mobility CEO.

In the United Arab Emirates, ABB has installed over 80 fast and high-power DC charging stations, making it one of the largest projects from a single brand in the region. The biggest station is in Yas, Abu Dhabi, and offers 20 DC fast and high-power chargers for owners of emissions-free vehicles.

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“We are proud that ABB chargers are today powering electric vehicles across strategic locations in the country, including the sites of the Dubai Utility provider, DEWA, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Most of the car manufacturers and dealers in the UAE have ABB chargers in their showrooms and as well as car parking areas. We are confident ABB’s technical know-how, products, and research in the field of E-Mobility will continue to support the decision-makers in the Middle East to drive the transition to an emission-free future,” says Ahmed Abdu, E-mobility division lead, MENA region.

In addition to its Italian facility, ABB E-mobility has continued its global expansion. Earlier this month, the company announced a new United States facility that will eventually turn out over 10,000 chargers per year for the public sector, providing power to school buses and other fleets. As well as expansion into the USA, ABB E-mobility’s stake in Chinese charging provider, Chargedot, opens up another lucrative market for the EV charging giant.

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