UAE’s Masdar enters Turkmenistan with 100 MW solar photovoltaic project

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Officials from Masdar and Turkmenenergo at agreement signing ceremony

Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Turkmenenergo State Power Corporation of the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan (Turkmenenergo), to develop a 100-megawatt (MWac) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which will be the company’s first project in Turkmenistan.

The agreement was signed by Masdar CEO Mr. Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi and Mr. Charymurat Purchekov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, at a ceremony held at the UAE-Turkmenistan Business Forum in Abu Dhabi. Turkmenenergo is the state authority responsible for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Turkmenistan.

The agreement builds on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Masdar and the Turkmenistan government in October 2021 to explore the development of and investment in solar and wind power projects in Turkmenistan on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

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Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi
CEO – Masdar

“As a global leader in renewable energy with many projects across Central Asia, Masdar has the right expertise and experience needed to support Turkmenistan’s development of its renewable energy sector. We welcome the signing of the JDA and hope the 100 MWac project will be the first of many Masdar projects in Turkmenistan.”

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Mr. Charymurat Purchekov said that “We have signed a JDA for a 100 MW solar power project with the world-famous Masdar company of UAE. We hope that this document will mark the beginning of a new stage in the development of the electric power industry of Turkmenistan through the construction of solar and wind power plants, in which this company has accumulated a large and rich experience. We thank Masdar for entering such an important agreement with us and look forward to long-term cooperation.”

Turkmenistan is looking to modernize its energy infrastructure and reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons. While the nation has one of the largest gas reserves in the world, it also has multiple natural advantages for developing renewable energy resources, with abundant annual sunlight levels, and strong wind currents.

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