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A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Siemens Energy and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan aims to help ensure energy security in the country.

The agreement follows Uzbekistan struggling with power outages due to ageing power plants hence the need to modernise existing infrastructure and to build new generation capacity.

As part of the MoU, Uzbekistan and Siemens Energy have developed a new roadmap on how the two can cooperate on project development and deployment.

The two parties will join forces on projects to build new energy generation facilities, power audit facilities with the aim to introduce energy-efficient technologies, plan and deploy hydrogen energy solutions as well as in the training of personnel.

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Siemens Energy and the Uzbek government will introduce cogeneration technologies on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) principles, construct a new thermal power plant with capacity between 1,300MW and 1,500MW, modernise the Hajabad compression station and develop new innovative workforce training centers.

The MOU was signed by Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov and Siemens Energy AG President, Christian Bruch.

Mr Sultanov said: “Uzbekistan is continuing its momentum of working with best-in-class international partners, to deliver on our energy strategy.  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.”

A formal working group to take collaboration forward will be established within 10 days of the MOU being signed.

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.