Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with Uzbekistan state-operated energy company Uzbekenergo to collaborate on power plant operation and maintenance.

MHPS will to provide O&M support and related services for power plants owned by Uzbekenergo and the pact has come out of joint economic talks between Uzbekistan and Japan aimed at promoting bilateral trade and economic development.

The MOU cover three areas: power plant O&M, technical training of engineers, and organization of technical seminars. MHPS will provide O&M support to two power plants, Navoi and Talimarjan, and a cogeneration plant called Tashkent which MHPS has previously supplied gas turbines and other core equipment.

MHPS will also provide technical training to Uzbekenergo’s engineers in both Uzbekistan and Japan. The company will hold technical seminars to make Uzbekenergo familiar with the latest technologies and share information relating to O&M of gas turbine combined cycle power generation plants.

Uzbekenergo was established in 2001 that meets almost all of Uzbekistan’s power needs via coal, petroleum and natural gas. It generates a total of 48m MW of power per year.