Charymyrat Purchekov, the Deputy Chairman of the Turkmen Government for the industrial and construction complex, during the online cabinet meeting on Friday briefed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the activities to convert a number of Turkmen power plants from conventional to combined cycle operation.
At present, the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan and the Asian Development Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the conversion of Ahal and Dashoguz state power plants from conventional to combined cycle operation, acording to the Vice-Premier.
Purchekov said the study is underway on the possibility of converting the 432 megawatt Lebap Power Plant, built by the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation in Chardjev etrap, to the combined cycle operation.
In this regard, the Vice-Premier presented proposals prepared on the basis of analytical work to the Head of State for his consideration.
Following the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the responsible approach to environmental protection, active introduction of resource-saving, environmentally friendly technologies is an inseparable condition for implementation of major projects in the power sector, as well as in other sectors of the national economy.
Emphasizing that studying the world's best practices and attracting advanced technologies are of great importance in this work, the Turkmen Leader addressed relevant instructions to the Vice-Premier related to the implementation of these projects jointly with foreign partners.
The 254.2 MW Dashoguz State Power Plant was commissioned in 2007. The 648.1 MW Ahal State Power Plant was commissioned in 2010.