The Zerger plant will be built in Lebap province, approximately 600 km northeast of Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat.
Once on line, the Turkmen government will export electricity to Afghanistan for 10 years based on a power purchase agreement with the Afghan government. The deal is part of a project to assist in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won the contract to install the power generation system at the plant.
MHPS will supply three sets of its M701 DA gas turbine and generator to the Zerger plant for national utility Turkmenenergo.
The turbines will be delivered to Sumitomo Corporation, which is the EPC contractor for the plant, which is scheduled to be operational in 2018.
In recent years, Turkmenistan has undergone steady economic growth sustained by world’s fourth largest natural gas servers. It is currently taking steps to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries, and the power pact with Afghanistan is one of these initiatives.