Uzbekistan’s energy sector reformed to fit world practices
Decree of the President sets ambitious deadlines for the preparation of long-term documents on this industry’s development.
By May 1, 2019, the Ministry of Energy should submit to the Cabinet of Ministers proposals on criteria for evaluating the performance of the Thermal Power Plants, National Electric Networks of Uzbekistan and Regional Electric Power Networks joint-stock companies for 2019-2020, indicating target indicators to reduce costs and energy losses, as well as systematic mechanisms to achieve them.
Until June 1, 2019, a Comprehensive Program on the Digitalization of the Electricity Industry for 2019-2021 will be prepared. It will account specific activities, terms and sources for the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), as well as accelerating the implementation of the automated measuring and information system for electric power fiscal metering.
The terms of preparation of the Concept of the Fuel and Energy Supply of Uzbekistan for 2020-2030 have been determined. The deadline for it development is September 1, 2019.
By July 1, 2019, it is planned to prepare a Program for further expanding the localization of the production of equipment, components, spare parts for electric power facilities operated in the country.
According to the President’s Decree, the Ministry of Energy accepted the proposal to create on the basis of Selenergoproekt JSC a modern multidisciplinary design organization Uzenergoengineering JSC, in charge for the designing of all types of electric networks with voltage from 0.4 kV to 500 kV, using innovative technologies and modern science.
It was determined that constructing of energy-intensive industrial objects with a power consumption of more than 10 MW in the regions should be carried out only after consulting with the Ministry of Energy in the manner determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Electricity now can be purchased from independent producers, created at the expense of private investment, including foreign. The price for it will be determined on a competitive basis (with the exception of projects for which resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers were adopted) indicating the highest cost of generated electric energy.
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