Uzbekistan’s Agriculture and Water Resources Ministry reports that it plans to start operating the first two generating blocks at the Tupolang hydroelectric plant in the second quarter of 2005, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia’s Siloviye Mashiny has started installing two generating blocks with capacities of 15MW each, which will generate around 63MkWh of electricity a year. This work will be completed by the end of this year.

The Tupolang plant will have a total of four generating blocks of a total installed capacity of 175MW, generating an annual 514MkWh of electricity. The plant will cost more than US$88m to build.