New Europe sat down within the Uzbek capital through the first Tashkent Worldwide Investments discussion board with the primary Deputy Minister for Vitality Azim Akhmedkhadjayev, discussing concerning the methods and priorities of the central-asian nation.
New Europe:Deputy Minister, are you able to discuss to me about your future nationwide power technique?
Azim Akhmedkhadjayev: We not too long ago adopted a method as much as 2030 and by that date our objective is to bubble our capability by way of power, these days we’re speaking about 14 GW in your complete nation whereas our objective is obtain 30 GW. Aside from this goal, my ministry plans to develop on renewable power reaching the 30%, we’re going to help tasks on solar, wind and hydrogen. Uzbekistan is preventing so much to develop into a really inexperienced nation and along with different central Asian neighbors we’re fairly profitable, utilizing a metaphor my nation didn’t “invent any bicycle” however simply tried be taught from the very best experiences developed right here. For us it was essential to arrange a collaboration with corporations like BCG, Mckinsey, and many others. with a view to construct up methods on oil, gasoline and electrical energy. We’ve got a forecast by 2024 which states that we’ll attain, in renewable energies, 3.6 GW, my nation will do as much as 4 GW in gasoline generators energy vegetation. On March twenty fourth we launched with a ceremony an enormous gasoline turbine energy plant within the south of Uzbekistan (Surxondar area), Siemens Vitality and French firm EDF additionally took half to interrupt floor ceremony. Our mission is to draw prime quality investments into our sector, bringing in additional European experiences and expertise.
NE: In regards to the renewables, by which path are you going, extra on hydrogen or on wind?
AA:First, we gained some expertise with our companions from the gulf international locations like Masdar from UAE and AKWA Energy from Saudi Arabia, bilateral contracts have been signed with them and we launched final 12 months our first 100 MW with Masdar. We are going to implement then one other 100 MW challenge with the French firm Whole space, this shall be very doubtless launched in April. We did a floor breaking ceremony early this March with AKWA Energy on wind, it’s a 100 MW challenge in Nukus, firstly it’s key to develop the photo voltaic power after all then in parallel it is going to be flip of discovering capacities in wind. The primary contracts signed have been bilateral however now we switched to bidding’s. Because of this device it’s doable do extra engaging tasks, we’re noticing an excellent competitors as a result of a whole lot of corporations are coming right here attempting to present the very best costs. Our common value for photo voltaic in lately is like 2.6 cents and wind it’s a little bit lower than that.
With the help of our President it was established the Nationwide Renewable Vitality Institute funded underneath the roof of the Ministry of Vitality. Inside this establishment we would like, along with AKWA Energy and United States Airports, to do R&D on the idea of which we are going to examine hydrogen power in addition to we are going to concern certification factors for all gear that shall be coming into Uzbekistan for the event of renewable power. It is very important certificates all these gear who’re coming to my nation, the certification physique shall be shaped along with high consulting corporations from Europe, USA, and many others. We’re fairly formidable and we perceive that in the present day’s agenda is on de-carbonization; based on a number of estimations Uzbekistan may attain by 2050 the 0 carbon power system, we are going to attempt to be according to that objective.
We wish cut back our emissions, in our technique it was set the objective of lowering emissions by 10 % within the subsequent 8 years however final 12 months through the Glasgow Convention (COP 26), we set one other formidable objective to achieve 35% within the subsequent 8 12 months. We don’t need to be exaggerated however simply be as pragmatic as doable as a result of the world is altering, and for us it is very important be in compliance with all these adjustments. Deep researches have been achieved, touring round and seeing the capacities and experiences in different international locations. We all know concerning the US expertise on shale gasoline, we’re occupied with that regardless that there are rumors that shale gasoline have some issues however on the similar time we should admit that the very best experiences are coming from the US, we began our talks with USGS (science company by the US division of inside) as nicely.
NE: Are you able to discuss now concerning the cooperation with Europe?
AA:We not too long ago launched a vital gasoline turbine challenge then photo voltaic and hydrogen are fascinating for us, we need to cooperate with any state of artwork corporations who has the very best corporations. German and French corporations are right here, the Italians are approaching us, they’re coming round and we did a whole lot of discuss with Ansaldo. Essentially the most fascinating factor about Italian corporations is that they’re coming together with the financing which is fascinating for us. Uzbekistan is contemplating a whole lot of proposals and we have now a proverb “we aren’t that wealthy to purchase low cost issues“ so it’s key to select finest practices. We are attempting now to do extra PPP’s as a result of we have now already expertise about that, our objective is to rework our power sector.
NE: What’s your analysis concerning the nuclear energy?
AA:Making an allowance for how speedy our business grows, we do take into account that, we didn’t exclude this concept, we’re occupied with safety points and each tiny points convey to unfavourable outcomes however we by no means stopped this agenda. On this interval we want one thing that would give us big power capability that can be utilized. The nuclear energy is in our improvement technique 2030 so it’s at all times appreciable.
NE: How do you see the power relations with the opposite international locations within the area?
AA: My nation is attempting to maintain very best relations with our neighboring international locations, we aren’t taking part in politics, we need to do pure enterprise. Uzbekistan is probably the most populated nation within the area due to this fact the federal government should assume to our folks, we’re taking care about that reasonably than to develop into an excellent energy within the area.