Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Solar Power in Uzbekistan

LUKoil plans Uzbekistan’s largest solar project

LUKoil, in partnership with the government of Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank have announced they are planning to construct Uzbekistan largest solar energy plant, which will have an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, to expanded eventually to 1,000 megawatts. (Source:UzDaily.uz news website)

Solar Power in Uzbekistan - Introduction
During the Soviet era, Uzbekistan was the USSR’s leading centre for solar research and in 1965 the Uzbek Academy of Sciences began publishing “Geliotekhnika” ("Applied Solar Energy") quarterly journal, the former Soviet Union's sole scientific publication devoted to solar power, which continues today.

Government statistics report that Uzbekistan has more than 300 sunny days a year and the Centre for Economic Research of Uzbekistan is promoting the use of surplus power generation which can be exported to neighbouring energy-deficient countries.

According to Uzbek energy analysts, at present the country’s share of renewable energy does not exceed one percent despite Uzbekistan’s renewable energy potential, which they estimate at about 51 billion tons in oil equivalents, with solar energy providing 50.973 billion tons.

Future plans
In recent years, Uzbekistan has significantly focused its attention on the development of renewable energy resources and, in particular, solar energy, in a bid to diversify its energy balance and reduce its dependence on gas.

As part of its current plans, the government intends to design a state concept for the development of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, Uzbekistan is said to be cooperating with the Asian Development Bank to establish a National Institute for Solar Energy near the city of Navoi. Set to become a scientific centre, it will be responsible for the implementation of projects in the field of solar energy.

Sources : OilPrice.com and pv-magazine.com and Uzbekistan Today

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  1. Other interesting LUKoil Developments

    Source: RIA Novosti Bussiness Website http://en.rian.ru/business/20121228/178459651/LUKoil_to_Begin_Active_Phase_of.html

    MOSCOW, December 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's largest privately-owned oil company LUKoil will launch the active phase of its projects in Uzbekistan in 2013, LUKoil Overseas head Andrei Kuzyayev said on Friday.

    “The peak of investment activity for current projects in Uzbekistan is expected in 2013-2017,” Kuzyayev said.

    According to Uzbekistan’s 2013 state investment program, LUKoil plans to invest $678.5 million in its projects in the Central Asian country next year, including 392.3 billion for projects at the Kandym gas field in the Bukhara District and gas prospecting at the Ustyurt Plateau

    A total of $286.2 million will be invested in developing deposits at the Gissar Range.

    Along with the Kandym and Gissar project, LUKoil is also a member of an international consortium carrying out geological prospecting in the Uzbek part of the Sea of Aral.

    LUKoil has already extracted 15 billion cubic meters in Uzbekistan, with an estimated 2012 output of 4.1 billion cubic meters. The company has invested more than $2 billion in its projects in the country.

  2. Source: http://www.investor.uz/?p=690#more-690

    Cost of building solar power plant in Uzbekistan could reach 250 million euros -

    The preliminary estimated construction cost of a solar power plant in Uzbekistan could reach 250 million euros, operator of international upstream projects of Lukoil — Lukoil Overseas said.

    The report said Lukoil has prepared a proposal to build a 100MWsolar power plant and create a national institute of solar energy near the city of Navoi on the proposal of the government of Uzbekistan.

    A draft memorandum of understanding between the Lukoil and the Government of Uzbekistan has been prepared. Proposals for adjustment of Uzbek legislation relating to alternative energy have been developed with the assistance of external consultants (Spanish Mercados).

    ‘If these proposals are accepted by the Uzbek side, we will begin detailed development of this promising project’, the report says.

    It was previously reported that the concept of development of renewable energy sources (RES), the basic idea of which should be the widespread adoption of alternative sources of energy in everyday life and their development on the basis of foreign experience is being developed in Uzbekistan

    In particular, Uzbekistan plans to create an institute of solar energy with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which will combine the functions of scientific, technical and project organisation.

    According to the Centre for Economic Research (CER) of Uzbekistan, the potential of renewable energy in the country is about 51 billion tons of oil equivalent with technical capacity at 179 82.3 million tons of oil equivalent. It includes the potential of solar energy in the country where there are 300 days of sunshine a year and is about 50.973 million tons of oil equivalent.

    Currently oil and gas accounts for 97 per cent of primary energy resources, 2.3 per cent — coal, 0.7 per cent — hydropower. The share of renewables in Uzbekistan does not exceed one per cent.

    It is estimated that the total additional annual benefits through the development of renewable energy sources are estimated at about $5 billion.