The first unit of three hydropower electricity plants to be renovated in Uzbekistan successfully completed tests on March 23 before the lockdown of Tashkent, the country's capital city.

POWERCHINA renovates Uzbekistan hydropower plants

The first unit of the technical renovation project of three hydropower plants in Uzbekistan completes power generation tests on March 23. [Photo/POWERCHINA]

Local officials said this marked the success of the electromechanical equipment and designs being used by the Chinese companies.

The unit officially entered 72-hour trial operations, providing Uzbekistan with electrical power to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic.

The technical renovation project is the first engineering procurement construction, or EPC project, being undertaken by POWERCHINA in Uzbekistan, and is also the first EPC contract signed there under the POWERCHINA brand in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.

POWERCHINA Chengdu Engineering Corporation Limited was responsible for the design and equipment servicing while POWERCHINA STECOL Corporation undertook the construction.

Due to the short construction period and lack of original materials, as well as the impact of the epidemic, the project faced great challenges.

POWERCHINA renovates Uzbekistan hydropower plants

Two POWERCHINA technicians monitor progress in the renovation of three hydropower plants in Uzbekistan. [Photo/POWERCHINA]

Many domestic equipment manufacturers were unable to conduct on-site commissioning and guidance because of the suspension of China-Ukraine flights.

POWERCHINA focused on epidemic prevention and control measures to ensure the health and safety of construction workers, while ensuring high-quality compliance of the project.

Officials said that during the implementation of the project, POWERCHINA has fully utilized its technical and construction knowhow, cultivating a team with wide-ranging talent and experience.

They said it has also carried out good design and construction procedures and displayed strong business understanding, management ability and familiarity with international rules.

What's more, the company had also laid a good foundation for better serving the construction of the Belt and Road, especially in the Central Asia region.