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Bishkek power station is a 910-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Kyrgyzstan.

Location

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Background on Plant

Built beginning in 1961, the original Bishkek CHP power station consisted of units ranging in size from 25 to 100 MW, for a total of 666 MW. Only 13 out of 24 boilers are in working order, and are powered by coal and natural gas. Normally the combined heating and power (CHP) plant is devoted to providing heating but it is also called into service for electricity production.[1][2]

300 MW Reconstruction Proposal (Units 12 and 13)

In 2013 the Kyrgyzstan Parliament made an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China for a US$386 million loan to finance two new 150 MW units at the plant: Units 12 and 13.[3][4]

It is expected that four outdated turbine generators will be dismantled, and the two new ones will be installed in their place by 2018.[5]

A ceremony for launching of construction works was held in November 2015. The total cost of the project is US$386 million. The funds were allocated by the Export-Import Bank of China, while the works contractor is China company Tebian Electric Apparatus Stock Co. (TBEA).[6]

According to press reports, construction is advancing according to schedule.[7][8][9]

The new units were inaugurated in August 2017. The power station failed during a cold snap in the winter, raising questions around the quality of TBEA's work and why the contract was not put out to tender when other companies were interested in bidding.[10]

Opposition

The decision generated immediate criticism from a variety of political figures. Members of the Supervisory Board on transparency of fuel and energy complex initiative said that the Electric Stations Joint Special Committee violated the provisions of the law on public procurements by not following a procedure that allowed transparent evaluation of proposals from multiple bidders. Although the Chinese company TBEA was chosen to build the plant, critics said that China Machinery Engineering (CMEC) had actually submitted a lower offer. According to one media report, "There appeared to be a lot of rumors" that the Minister of Energy and Industry, had "private ties" with TBEA, including financial assistance in building an apartment house on the south Highway. Member of parliament Zamir Bekboyev said that the CMEC offer would have been US$30 million cheaper. According to another member of parliament, Kozhobek Ryspayev, MPs had been rushed through the decision with no time to look through documents, and were told that Export-Import Bank of China's role as financier of the project gave it control over the selection of the contractor. Electric Stations Director General Salaydin Avazov said, "If we had money for reconstruction, we would have held a tender. And since there is no money, we have agreed to the terms of Eximbank."[11]

Project Details for 300 MW reconstruction

  • Sponsor: Electricheskiye Stantsii JSC
  • Parent company: National Electrical Grid of Kyrgyzstan
  • Developer:
  • Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Coordinates: 42.873, 74.6541 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 300 MW (Units 12 & 13: 150 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date: 2017
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Domestic
  • Source of financing: Export-Import Bank of China (US$386 million)
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