Masdar taps into Tajikistan’s clean energy market

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Masdar explores Tajikistan's clean energy markets
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MW Energy, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and W Solar Investment, has signed an agreement with Tajikistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MOEWR) to explore at least 500 megawatts (MW) capacity of clean energy projects, including floating solar power and hydropower, in landlocked and water-abundant Tajikistan.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during the Dushanbe International Investment Forum. With an abundance of lakes, rivers and glaciers, Tajikistan relies on hydropower and has huge potential for growing other renewable energy sources. The collaboration aims to develop projects, including solar PV, wind and hydropower, as part of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Phase one targets a minimum total capacity of 500MW.

The signing was witnessed by the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, and the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, HE Daler Jum’a. Also present were HE Dr. Mohamed Alariqi, Ambassador of the UAE to the Republic of Tajikistan, and HE Bahodur Sharifi Mahmudzoda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the UAE.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei_Masdar explores Tajikistan's clean energy market
Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei
Minister of
Energy & Infrastructure

“The UAE is proud to be partnering with Tajikistan to explore cutting-edge renewable energy projects to help increase energy security and reduce carbon emissions. As the UAE looks forward to hosting COP28 we will continue to work with nations to accelerate the path to a net-zero future.”

HE Daler Jum’a, said that “Tajikistan is committed to increasing its installed electricity generation capacity and growing its promising green energy sector. Our land is blessed with many natural resources, and we look forward to working with partners to harness this potential and meet our energy and development goals.”

“A significant increase in generation is planned through the introduction of renewable energy. By 2030, the installed capacity of generating stations using solar and wind energy should be 700 MW, today, 450 MW of this is being developed by a feasibility study with the participation of international consulting companies with the financial support of international financial institutions. This is a relatively new direction for us, but nevertheless concrete work has already begun,” HE Daler Jum’a added.

Mr. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar’s CEO, stated that “As Masdar and W Solar mark our entrance into the Tajikistan market, this partnership demonstrates the impressive range of utility-scale renewable energy expertise we can bring to the table. We look forward to supporting the Republic of Tajikistan with its renewable energy goals and harnessing the abundant power of the nation’s sun, wind and water to generate clean energy and drive sustainable development.”

Mr. Muhammad Zafar, CEO of W Solar, commented that “Our collaboration with Masdar in Tajikistan is a testament to W Solar’s unwavering commitment to advancing renewable energy across the globe. This venture in Tajikistan is not just about energy generation, but about building resilience, empowering communities, and contributing to a greener planet.”

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