Germany’s Siemens Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry and agreed a roadmap for future, joint projects between the two entities, the ministry said on April 19.
Uzbekistan’s Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov, and Siemens Energy President Christian Bruch signed the MoU in Tashkent. The memorandum expresses the interest of both parties to explore the potential to expand a strategic partnership in Uzbekistan and pursue the implementation of joint projects, the ministry said.
“Uzbekistan is continuing its momentum of working with best-in-class international partners, to deliver on our energy strategy,” Sultanov said. “We are aiming to lead the hydrocarbon-producing world in meeting our climate management commitments. Siemens is globally renowned and we look forward to deepening our relationship,” he added.
Cooperation between the parties is anticipated in several areas, including projects to build new generating facilities, power audit facilities in Uzbekistan with to introduce of energy-efficient technologies, hydrogen energy and training of personnel.
In particular, the roadmap includes projects to introduce cogeneration technologies on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) principles, construction of a new thermal power plant (TPP) with a capacity of 1300-1600 MW, participate in the modernization of the Hajabad compressor station; and create innovative training centers, the ministry said.
A formal working group to take collaboration forward will be established within 10 days of the MoU being signed.
According to the ministry, it is envisaged that the MOU will yield immediate activity during 2021, with a site determined for the TPP in May 2021, and agreements anticipated for developing hydrogen and renewable energy by the summer.