UzAssystem is playing a pivotal role in ACWA Power’s energy projects

Uzbekistan is poised for a low-carbon energy revolution, and at the heart of this transformation is a collaboration between UzAssystem and ACWA Power. Together, they are laying the groundwork for a sustainable energy future in the country. UzAssystem is making invaluable contributions to several key ACWA Power projects across Uzbekistan, encompassing a range of critical activities, from geotechnical investigations and transmission line studies to hydrological analysis and grid impact assessments.

Unlocking the power of the wind

In the picturesque Bukhara region, UzAssystem is taking on a pivotal role in laying the foundation for ACWA Power’s plan to deploy more than a gigawatt (GW) of wind power capacity. The task involves geotechnical investigations spanning over 190 kilometres of overhead transmission lines connecting Karakul, Bash, and Dzhankeldy. This extensive project involves a comprehensive array of assessments, including electrical resistance tomography testing and meticulous laboratory analysis of water and soil.

Enabling the potential of solar energy

In the Samarkand region, UzAssystem is taking the lead in conducting an Over-Head Transmission Line (OHTL) study for two colossal 500MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farms located in Sazagan. Solar power is a cornerstone of Uzbekistan’s sustainable energy strategy, and these solar farms represent a significant step toward achieving its goal of deploying 7GW of PV by 2030. The OHTL study is essential to ensure the efficient and reliable transmission of the solar-generated electricity to where it is needed most.

Driving the deployment of energy storage

UzAssystem’s involvement extends to a comprehensive set of activities in the Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent regions. The JV is conducting hydrological analysis and reporting, as well as grid impact assessment studies as part of pre-feasibility assessments for a 400MW solar PV plant and a 334MW battery energy storage system. These projects are essential in securing a stable and continuous energy supply, even during periods of low solar generation. UzAssystem’s expertise ensures that these systems will seamlessly integrate with the existing grid infrastructure, enhancing the reliability of Uzbekistan’s power supply.

Delivering low-carbon electricity

The Kungrad region is set to host an awe-inspiring 1500MW wind farm project, and UzAssystem is at the forefront of its development. The JV is conducting geotechnical, topographical, and hydrological surveys for the overhead transmission line (OHTL) route, ensuring that the transmission infrastructure is robust and resilient enough to handle the new energy generating capacity. Additionally, UzAssystem is responsible for conducting the grid impact study for the wind farm, ensuring the seamless integration of this massive renewable energy source into Uzbekistan’s power grid.

 

Nicholas Dugot, General Manager, UzAssystem said: “The collaboration between UzAssystem and ACWA Power in Uzbekistan stands as a resounding testament to the pursuit of a sustainable energy future in Uzbekistan. We are proud to be applying the breadth of our expertise to the numerous low-carbon projects that our esteemed client has underway.”


UzAssystem to Conduct Grid Impact Study for Huge Wind Farm Project

Uzbekistan, a nation committed to embracing sustainable energy solutions, has set ambitious targets to achieve a greener future. As part of its comprehensive energy transition program, the Uzbekistan government aims to deploy 5GW of wind energy capacity by 2030. To help realise this vision and ensure the successful integration of large-scale wind projects, UzAssystem has secured a contract to conduct a Grid Impact Study for the huge 1.5GW Kungrad Wind Farm Project being developed by ACWA Power. This endeavour marks a milestone in Uzbekistan’s journey towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy landscape.

Wind Power Ambitions

Uzbekistan’s aspiration to harness wind power is a crucial component of its broader strategy to diversify its energy sources and reduce reliance on conventional fossil fuels. With the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the development of onshore wind energy represents a decisive step towards mitigating carbon emissions and combating climate change.

UzAssystem’s Role in Advancing Key Energy Projects

As a joint venture between The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Assystem, UzAssystem brings together a unique blend of local expertise and international engineering prowess. The company’s appointment to conduct the grid impact study for this huge project underscores its reputation as a leading player in the energy transition space in central Asia.

Paving the Way for Integration of Renewables

The study is a vital undertaking that will examine the potential effects of integrating such a massive wind farm into Uzbekistan’s existing power infrastructure. This in-depth analysis will assess the grid’s capacity to accommodate the additional power generation, potential challenges, and necessary upgrades or modifications required for a seamless integration.

UzAssystem’s innovative approach to project management and digital engineering will be instrumental in navigating this complex study. Utilising state-of-the-art digital tools, the study will not only provide essential insights into grid stability but also present opportunities for cost-effective and efficient solutions.

Pioneering a Sustainable Future

By providing its expertise in grid infrastructure, UzAssystem is playing a vital role in shaping Uzbekistan’s sustainable energy future. The successful integration of this significant wind energy project will not only accelerate progress towards the 5GW wind energy target but also pave the way for further wind power installations in the country.

Andres Veskimeister, Engineering Manager, UzAssystem, said: “Uzbekistan’s bold mission to deploy 5GW of wind energy capacity by 2030 reflects the country’s commitment to a sustainable future. Large-scale low-carbon energy projects like this one will be pivotal in the Republic’s energy transition, and require careful planning and study to enable manageable integration into the grid – this is a project that UzAssystem’s experts are exceedingly well-equipped to undertake.”


UzAssystem Enables Uzbekistan to Unlock the Power of the Sun

Uzbekistan is a land of sunshine with significant levels of solar irradiance, particularly in the south, and the country plans to capitalise on its natural power through the installation of more than 7GW of solar energy capacity by 2030.

The UzAssystem team is playing a key role in this mission, having recently secured several significant contracts for solar energy and battery energy storage system (BESS) projects.

Solar Environmental Assessment Services

One major contract awarded to UzAssystem involves providing Environmental Assessment Services for two large-scale photovoltaic (PV) projects – Karaulbazar and Nishon. The combined capacity of these projects sits at 1GW, making it one of the largest prospective solar energy systems in Uzbekistan. The environmental assessment service will ensure that the projects adhere to sustainable practices and comply with environmental regulations. By harnessing solar energy on such a scale, Uzbekistan is taking a significant step towards reducing its reliance on traditional fossil fuels and embracing clean energy solutions.

Hydrological Analysis and Reporting

In another major initiative, UzAssystem has been awarded the contract for Hydrological Analysis and Reporting for three key locations – Karakul, Sazagan, and Tashkent. This project involves integrating both solar energy systems and battery energy storage systems (BESS) to ensure efficient energy utilisation and grid stability. Hydrological analysis is crucial to determine the feasibility of these projects, as it assesses the location, availability and sustainability of water resources in the region. By combining solar and BESS technologies, Uzbekistan aims to enhance its grid resilience and ensure a consistent power supply for its rapidly growing economy.

Grid Impact Assessment Studies

UzAssystem has also successfully secured multiple contracts to conduct Grid Impact Assessment Studies for PV plants with a total capacity of more than 2.3GW and BESS with a total capacity of 334MW. Grid impact assessments are vital for understanding how the integration of these large-scale renewable energy projects will affect the existing power infrastructure. These studies provide valuable insights into potential challenges and necessary modifications to ensure smooth grid integration. By undertaking such assessments, UzAssystem is playing a pivotal role in enabling Uzbekistan to embrace renewable energy without compromising its power grid’s stability and reliability.

Feza Abadanc, Engineering Manager, UzAssystem, said: “Our success in securing multiple solar energy and battery energy storage system contracts demonstrates our resolute, technology-neutral commitment to supporting the realisation of Uzbekistan’s sustainable energy future. We will continue to bring our innovation and expertise to the breadth of the Republic’s new low-carbon energy projects.


Come and visit us at Power Uzbekistan!

On 18-20 May 2023, UzAssystem will participate in the 16th edition of Power Uzbekistan in Tashkent – the country’s premier event for the energy sector.

UzAssystem will share a stand with Assystem to showcase the company’s projects and capability in engineering design, digital services and project management for energy projects, particularly renewable and grid infrastructure projects.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to join us on our stand and find out more about our work supporting the energy transition in Uzbekistan.

Assystem will also share its nuclear expertise in the event’s speaking programme as Guillaume Puravet, Assystem‘s Vice President for International Energy Construction, will participate in an expert session titled ‘The implementation of nuclear energy – is the basis for ensuring carbon neutrality’ at 11:15 on Saturday May 20.  The session will focus on increasing the reliability of nuclear power plants, reducing operating costs, ensuring waste-free energy production, and the use of nuclear energy for solving scientific and applied problems.

UzAssystem and Assystem will be exhibiting at Booth V112 across the three days of the event, where attendees will be able to discover our expertise in energy infrastructure, including renewables, nuclear, grids and hydrogen.

Kerem Sadiklar, Assystem’s Director for Central Asia, said: “We are looking forward to meeting our esteemed clients, colleagues and industry peers at Power Uzbekistan, where we will highlight our industry leading engineering, digital and project management capabilities for the Republic’s range of energy infrastructure projects.”


Assystem Strengthens Commitment to Uzbekistan’s Energy Transition

Two new MOU’s signed at the Franco-Uzbek Business Forum enable further collaboration on new nuclear power and grid modernisation projects.

International engineering, digital services, and project management company Assystem – a committed player in accelerating energy transition projects around the world – has signed two new Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Energy and the National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan.   

Uzbekistan has a clear plan for the transformation of its energy sector with the aim of reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. This energy transition involves generating 25% of power from renewable energy sources by 2026, and utilising other low-carbon energy such as nuclear power. 

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UzAssystem strengthens team to support Uzbekistan’s energy transition

UzAssystem has reached a milestone in its growth as it now employs over 100 local engineering experts from its offices in Tashkent. This expansion is intended to support Uzbekistan’s energy transition programme, which will require a strong pool of technical and engineering support to deploy renewable energy technologies and modernise the national energy grid to meet the country’s goal of 25% power from renewable sources by 2030.

The bulk of the roles recently filled are electrical engineering positions within the electrical design and grid modelling teams. These teams are working on a variety of low-carbon energy projects in Uzbekistan, including digital modelling of the Republic’s electricity grid, and site characterisation and grid impact assessments for large-scale wind and solar projects amounting to more than 2GW in total capacity.

UzAssystem is applying the Think Global, Act Local hiring approach of parent company Assystem, with over two thirds of the workforce consisting of native Uzbek workers, supported by senior engineering experts from France and the United Kingdom. It is working in partnership with leading academic outfits in the capital Tashkent, including Tashkent State Technical University, YEOJU Technical Institute and PDP Academy, to deliver top class engineering and digital skills development to grow Uzbekistan’s energy transition talent pool.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: “UzAssystem is working to meet the needs of Uzbekistan’s clean energy switch. Having grown to more than 100 employees, our commitment to supporting the Republic’s low-carbon energy transition is evident, and we are pleased to be taking a leading role in skills development to deliver the energy projects that will help address Uzbekistan’s climate impact.”


UzAssystem signs MoU to support the training of Uzbekistan’s electricity grid personnel

Engineering and digital services joint venture UzAssystem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with longstanding academic partners Tashkent State Technical University and Uzbekistan’s Regional Electric Networks JSC to enable cooperation on training the next generation of grid specialists in Uzbekistan.

As part of this commitment, UzAssystem will conduct master classes and training sessions for leading specialists of Regional Electric Networks JSC, students and education staff of Tashkent State Technical University as well as affiliate employees of Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan.

This MOU builds on UzAssystem’s commitment to supporting the development of the next generation of engineering talent in Uzbekistan and, since its inception in 2020, the JV has grown to employ more than 110 experts in its offices in Tashkent.

The agreement will see the opening of a new training centre at Tashkent State Technical University, with a newly refurbished classroom to be equipped with IT equipment capable of running programmes such as the DigSilent modeling and planning software demonstrated at the signing ceremony by UzAssystem.

This MoU expands UzAssystem’s reach across the Uzbekistan energy transition ecosystem, increasing access to essential skills development in the sector and expanding the pipeline of engineering talents in the central Asian region.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: “To deliver a modern electrical grid capable of harnessing Uzbekistan’s booming renewable energy infrastructure, the country needs experts who are skilled in the latest digital solutions. This Memorandum of Understanding serves as an expansion of our commitment to supporting the development of the next generation of engineering talent in Uzbekistan.”


A look back at the 15th edition of Power Uzbekistan in Tashkent

This May, UzAssystem was delighted to participate in the 15th edition of Power Uzbekistan in Tashkent – the country’s premier event for the energy sector.

With a focus on energy saving, nuclear power, and alternative energy sources, this landmark event provided a fantastic platform for Assystem to profile its array of renewable energy projects, the modelling of Uzbekistan’s entire energy grid, promote international experience for the acceleration of energy transition in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

From 17th – 19th of May, more than 5000 people visited the event, giving our representatives (Mr. Guillaume Puravet, Vice President International Energy New Build & Middle East Central Asia regions,  Mr. Frederic Cheneau – Business Development Director) the chance to meet friends, colleagues and clients. UzAssystem was also privileged to welcome Deputy Minister Azim Akhmedkhojaev and representatives from Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy, Uzbekneftegas, PJSC Power Machines, and JSC UzAtom.

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From left to right:
Samuel Delecrin – Offers and Projects Director International BU, Assystem

Frederic Cheneau – Business Development Director, Assystem,
Eda Dal – Business Development Director, UzAssystem,
Mukhammad Mukhamedaliyev – Procurement Manager, UzAssystem,
Zarina Abzhapparova – Business Development Specialist, UzAssystem,
Dilnoza Kazakova – Business Development Specialist, UzAssystem
Khazratkul Muratov – Deputy Head of Operation, UzAssystem,
Bahrullo Babayev – Deputy General Manager, UzAssystem


UzAssystem signs MoU to develop low-carbon energy projects in Kyrgyzstan

UzAssystem to support development of renewable energy, smart grid and energy storage projects in the Kyrgyz Republic.

As part of its commitment to supporting the global energy transition, engineering and digital services company UzAssystem has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Energy Holding Company of Kyrgyzstan, recognising a mutual interest in implementing joint energy projects in the country.

Kyrgyzstan is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44 percent by 2030 and currently generates approximately 92% of its electricity through hydro power. UzAssystem will be bringing its expertise in energy systems to help the Republic bridge the remaining gap, which is currently fulfilled by other sources.

UzAssystem brings strong experience in developing low-carbon energy programmes in Central Asia through its activities in Uzbekistan, on solar power, wind power and grid projects, using advanced digital engineering techniques to build the country’s new energy infrastructure.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed at a ceremony at UzAssystem’s Tashkent headquarters in the presence of the Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Deputy Energy Ministers, both parties will seek to cooperate in the following areas:

  • Project management, engineering design and consultancy for renewable energy projects including wind, solar and hydro power
  • Supporting the National Grid of Kyrgyzstan in the development of a digital twin and modelling the grid of the country
  • Supporting the development of energy storage systems
  • The digitalisation of energy systems including the development of a smart grid
  • The modernisation of electrotechnical norms and standards and adaptation of international standards
  • Supporting the energy sector of Kyrgyzstan in new uses of energy and driving a low-carbon energy transition

UzAssystem, established in 2019 with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a subsidiary of Assystem Group, which is a major player in the global energy transition, with over 6,000 experts operating in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

UzAssystem Director Kerem Sadiklar said: “We are proud to be supporting Kyrgyzstan’s energy transition by bringing our well-established engineering and digital services capabilities to support the deployment of energy projects in the Republic. We look forward to working with the National Energy Holding Company to help develop a modern energy system fit for a low-carbon future.”


UzAssystem expands partnership with Tashkent State Technical University

An academic partnership between engineering and digital services specialists UzAssystem and Tashkent State Technical University (TSTU), established in late 2021, has been expanded to include the Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy, in a move which will enhance collaboration to support the development of engineering talent in Uzbekistan.

Under a newly agreed Memorandum of Understanding, IT equipment and software will be provided to support the delivery of a dedicated masterclass in DIgSILENT grid simulation software, conducted by UzAssystem. The company will lead the development of the curriculum and educational content, and will provide international experts to teach the next generation of engineers.

Placements in the UzAssystem masterclass will be awarded to TSTU students who demonstrate digital engineering potential, as well as employees of sub-organisations of the Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy. TSTU students will also enjoy the opportunity to hone their skills via internships with UzAssystem.

This partnership forms part of UzAssystem’s ambition to equip the next generation of engineering talent in Uzbekistan. It will drive a growing skills pipeline to support the country’s low-carbon energy transition, delivering modern grid infrastructure underpinned by digital solutions which will cater to new energy generation capacity such as renewables and nuclear.

UzAssystem formed academic partnerships with two other institutions in early 2022, YEOJU Technical Institute, a leading private university which is well-known for its educational programmes in civil engineering and renewable energy, and PDP Academy, a learning centre specialising in software development and digital solutions.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: “We are delighted that our partnership with Tashkent State Technical University has taken another step forward. With the support of the Ministry of Energy, UzAssystem and TSTU will ensure the development of engineering talent and the delivery of the energy infrastructure of tomorrow.