Project features

Start:

End:

May 2022

Ongoing

Location:

Client:

Uzbekistan

Masdar

In 2022, Masdar secured an agreement with the GoU to develop up to 1 GW of wind and solar PV plants in Uzbekistan, which is in addition to a number of other solar and wind projects the Client is developing in Uzbekistan. The main objective of the assignment is to identify and assess the most suitable sites for the construction of wind and / or solar PV plants with a total capacity of 1 GW. The site selection process is carried out through evaluation of different criteria, such as wind and solar potential based on available satellite data, proximity to and hosting capacity of grid infrastructure, availability of water resources, environmental & social aspects, etc. As a result of the study, up to 3 sites with a maximum cumulative capacity of 1 GW is expected to be selected. 

Services provided

The site selection process is carried out through evaluation of the following criteria:

  • Wind and solar resource and site suitability assessment
  • Analysis of wind and solar potential based on satellite datasets (WindPRO, Vortex, SolarGIS)
  • Assessment of locations with favourable wind/solar resources fitting basic requirements, such as minimum required land area to accommodate the given solar/wind farm capacity, absence of visible constraints (terrain, water bodies, public roads, housing, farmlands, industrial facilities, etc.)
  • Desktop studies of geological and topographical conditions of the site to screen for significant risks including, for example, seismological risk, flood risk and other potential risks
  • Grid assessment
  • Assessment of potential Wind & Solar PV plants interconnection considering grid hosting capacity and potential commissioning dates
  • Elaboration of potential solutions for interconnection to the grid
  • Identification of the scope of required grid reinforcement infrastructure
  • Preliminary environmental and social screening
  • Identification of any possible constraints related to potential environmental and social issues in the studied areas
  • Identification of potential risks related to the studied areas using maps of protected biodiversity areas (such as national parks, natural reservations, IBAs, KBAs, UNESCO and MAB sites, etc.) and cultural heritage sites as well as other relevant information obtained from the state authorities and other sources
  • Superposition of solar and wind resource maps on the maps of known E&S constraints, geological and topographical conditions and preparation of a long list of potential sites
  • High-level evaluation of the longlisted sites, shortlisting and ranking of the most promising ones, to be presented to the Client and the authorities
  • Presentation of a list of recommended sites capable of accommodating 1 GW of wind and solar power plants, as well as alternative sites with maximum potential capacity
  • Preparation of the Site Assessment Report