SMEC has been appointed to conduct consulting services for the environmental and social assessment, planning, and preparation of tender documents for the Kambarata-1 Hydropower plant in Central Asia.

This 1860MW capacity project is one of the largest hydropower projects in the region. It aims to enhance energy security for the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia while supporting regional decarbonization efforts. The Kambarata-1 project is a joint effort between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, focusing on harnessing hydroelectric potential and improving regional energy infrastructure.

The Kambarata-1 hydropower plant’s large reservoir will be crucial in optimizing the Toktogul hydropower plant reservoir’s operation, balancing water management in the Naryn–Syr Darya Basin. SMEC’s role includes conducting a comprehensive environmental and social assessment and planning for all project activities and related facilities, adhering to the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and relevant national standards.

The Kyrgyz Republic’s electricity sector faces significant energy challenges, including an energy deficit exacerbated during the winter when demand is 2.5-3 times higher than in summer. The Kambarata-1 hydropower plant aims to alleviate these shortages and meet regional water discharge obligations.

The project’s estimated cost is approximately $5.5 billion USD, supported by The World Bank. Kambarata-1 represents a crucial step towards achieving a green and accessible energy future for the region.