Uzbekistan : Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 56086-001

Design, development, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of a 500-megawatt (MW) wind power project in Uzbekistan.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Mosnier, Zsuzsanna
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    3 March 2023
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project
Project Number
56086-001
Borrower / Company
  • ACWA Power Dzhankeldy Wind Foreign Enterprise Limited Liability Company
Country / Economy
  • Uzbekistan
Location
Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
Approval Number Facility Fund Source Amount Status
4294 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 50.00 million Approved
8439 Loan Leading Asia's Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) USD 50.00 million Approved
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Renewable energy generation - wind

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Sponsor(s)
  • International Company for Water and Power Projects
Description
Design, development, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of a 500-megawatt (MW) wind power project in Uzbekistan.
Objectives and Scope
The project, located in a remote area in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan, involves the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of a 500 MW grid-connected wind power project, including a 120-kilometer (km) 500-kilovolt (kV) single-circuit overhead transmission line for its connection to the grid at Sarimay substation and a 128.5 km 500 kV overhead transmission line for its connection to the Bash switching station. The project is one of the first utility-scale renewable energy projects in Uzbekistan. The Project will help unlock Uzbekistan's significant untapped wind resource potential and provide sustainable electricity for the country's economic development.
Status of Operation/Construction

Project construction is ongoing.

Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The project is aligned with the government's policy direction as well as ADB's country partnership strategy for Uzbekistan, 2019-2023, which has a key objective of supporting the country's transition toward a vibrant and inclusive market economy and the transformation of the state's role. Meaningful decarbonization and expansion of renewables in the energy mix is the centerpiece of the government's commitment under the Paris Agreement. The project is consistent with the strategic direction and operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030 by tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, enhancing environmental sustainability, and accelerating progress in gender equality. The project is consistent with ADB's Energy Policy, which emphasizes promoting renewable energy, maximizing access to energy for all, and private sector participation to enhance energy sector efficiency.

Safeguard Categories

Environment
A
Involuntary Resettlement
B
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The project is categorized as A for environment in accordance with ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. The project site comprises two adjacent plots of land in the southeastern part of the Kyzyllum desert on the territory of the Kuldzhuktau mountain range, Peshku district, Bukhara region. Several Important Bird Areas (IBA) exist in the vicinity of the wind project as well as in the larger region. The borrower engaged an independent consultant to prepare a detailed environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA). The potential environmental and social impacts of the project were identified, and effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts were incorporated in the project-specific environmental and social management plan (ESMP) for construction. A site-specific operations ESMP will also be developed to outline the mitigation and monitoring measures for the anticipated operations phase impact. The project developed a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (BMEP) to detail the mitigation and monitoring strategy to achieve no net loss and net gain objectives. A comprehensive set of supplementary ecological management plans has also been prepared for the project to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for potential adverse impacts to species of conservation concern.

Involuntary Resettlement
The project is categorized as B for involuntary resettlement in accordance with ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. The wind farm is located on land fully owned by the government and made available by the government to ACWA Power Dzhankeldy Wind Limited Liability Company (Dzahnkeldy) through a land lease agreement (LLA) for the duration of the term of the PPA. The wind farm affected about 135.4 ha (126.3 ha permanently and 9.1 ha temporarily) with marginal impacts on Dhzankeldy LLC, its four herders, six herders from Dzhankeldy village, and three herders from Kalaata village. The 128.5 km OHTL will pass through uncultivated desert and pastureland allocated to three limited liability companies and 759.9 ha of land classified as forestry under the management of Konimekh District Forestry Fund. The OHTL will affect secondary structures belonging Dzhankeldy LLC and one herder from Konimekh district. A Resettlement Plan providing for compensation and livelihood restoration was developed in accordance with national legislation and ADB's SPS. Dzhankeldy completed compensation payments to 29 PAPs, of which 24 were affected by the wind farm and 5 were affected by the OHTL development.
Indigenous Peoples

The project is categorized as C for indigenous peoples in accordance with ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. The ESIA confirms no presence of distinct and vulnerable ethnic groups or indigenous peoples in the project area.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
As part of the ESIA and RP processes, multiple engagements and public consultations were conducted by the borrower and its third-party consultants with affected peoples and relevant stakeholders about the project's social, health and safety, and environmental impacts and benefits. Consultation results and disclosure activities were presented in the ESIA. A Stakeholder Engagement Plan with a grievance redress mechanism was also prepared to engage with and address concerns of the local community during the construction and operation period setting out the key steps that the borrower will need to undertake as part of the stakeholder engagement throughout the various stages of the project implementation. Concerns of women and vulnerable people specifically were sought and considered.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Mosnier, Zsuzsanna
Responsible ADB Division
Infrastructure Finance Division 1
Responsible ADB Department
Private Sector Operations Department

Timetable for assistance design, processing, and implementation

Concept Clearance
22 Jun 2022
Credit Committee Meeting
-
Approval
03 Mar 2023
Last PDS Update
19 Apr 2024

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Title Document Type Document Date
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Feb 2023
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Feb 2023
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Aug 2022

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Environment and Social Impact Assessments Feb 2023
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Aug 2022
Dzhankeldy Wind Power Project: Draft Environment and Social Impact Assessment Environment and Social Impact Assessments Mar 2022

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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