These projects are the first of their kind in the Central Asian country, the Saudi firm said.

By Shardul Sharma

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power has signed agreements to develop a green hydrogen facility and a green ammonia pilot project in Uzbekistan in association with the country’s energy ministry and Uzkimyosanoat, a state-owned chemical company, it said on January 19.

The hydrogen project will be an integrated facility and is set to be connected to an existing ammonia plant in Chirchiq, 45 km from Tashkent. It is expected to generate 3,000 metric tons/year of green hydrogen.

ACWA Power said it will oversee the full value chain of integration to this existing infrastructure project to green hydrogen, which is expected to improve the service factor of the facility and reduce its dependence on natural gas.

The company has plans for an accelerated development timeline for this facility and is targeting a commissioning date of December 2024.

The second project involves the development of a 500,000 mt green ammonia feasibility study. “Since this project will reduce Uzbekistan’s dependence on natural gas by 600mn m3/year, it is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5mn mt/year. The study will conclude by the end of next year,” ACWA Power said.  

Aside from these green hydrogen and green ammonia projects, ACWA Power also has five existing projects in Uzbekistan, including four wind projects and a combined gas cycle turbine facility.