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Japanese Company to help maintain power plants in Uzbekistan

www.timesca.com
4 February 2015

Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Uzbekistan’s state energy company Uzbekenergo under which the two companies will collaborate in the area of power plant operation and maintenance. In accordance with the document, MHPS will provide operation and maintenance support and related services for power plants owned by Uzbekenergo, the Japanese company said.

The signing ceremony was held at the 12th Uzbek-Japanese Economic Cooperation Forum in Tokyo last week.

The MOU covers three areas: power plant operation and maintenance, technical training of engineers, and organization of technical seminars.

MHPS will provide operation and maintenance support to the Navoi and Talimarjan power plants and a cogeneration plant in Tashkent to which the company 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 Japanese company will hold technical seminars periodically to make Uzbekenergo familiar with the latest technologies and share information relating to operation and maintenance of gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation plants.

Uzbekenergo is a state-operated power provider established in 2001, and it currently meets almost 100 percent of Uzbekistan's power needs. The company relies on three core fuel sources — coal, oil, and natural gas.

The Uzbek-Japanese Economic Cooperation Forum is a series of forums operated by a joint economic committee set up in 1994. The forums bring together numerous government officials from both countries to discuss issues such as bilateral trade and investment.