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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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.”

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 creates new partnerships with leading technical institutes

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of the next generation of engineering talent in Uzbekistan, UzAssystem has signed two Memorandums of Understanding with leading academic institutions based in Tashkent.

The first is with YEOJU Technical Institute, a leading private university which is well-known for its educational programmes in civil engineering and renewable energy. The second is with the PDP Academy, a learning centre specialising in software development and digital solutions.

UzAssystem will work with these new partners to develop research projects and educational curricula, as well as establishing internship programmes which will offer vocational training opportunities to students with a view to developing a talent pool with the engineering and digital capabilities needed to support Uzbekistan’s major energy transition programme.

These new partnerships will complement UzAssystem’s ongoing work with Tashkent State Technical University, which features dedicated masterclasses, conducted by UzAssystem’s specialists, including in grid simulation software PowerFactory by DIGSILENT. Through the partnership, the university has also benefitted from lab and classroom refurbishment, including new technical equipment which is enhancing the student learning experience.

UzAssystem has been actively supporting Uzbekistan’s energy transition since 2019, and is involved in a range of projects that will deliver a cleaner, more secure energy system for the Republic, including modelling its national electricity grid, upgrading its electrotechnical standards and supporting the development of multiple low-carbon generation projects, including several wind farms.

Uzbekistan is targeting a 35% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with plans to boost renewable energy generation capacity to meet at least 25% of electricity demand by the end of the decade, including targets for total deployment of 8.8GW of solar PV, 5GW of wind and 11.2GW of hydro energy.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: Uzbekistan needs a broad pool of individuals skilled in engineering and digital solutions who are capable of delivering the energy transition projects of the coming decades. We are pleased to be playing a role in equipping the next generation by working with our esteemed partner institutions.”

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 helps Uzbekistan to harness the power of the wind

Having pledged at COP26 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% before 2030, Uzbekistan is on a mission to boost its renewable energy generation capacity to meet 25% of the country’s electricity demand by the end of the decade. This includes targets for total deployment of at least 7GW of solar PV, 5GW of wind and 11.2GW of hydro energy.

With an abundance of vast uninhabited windswept plains available to host the latest generation of wind power technology, UzAssystem has been helping the Republic to harness this game-changing clean energy opportunity in several locations.

Recently, Uzassystem initiated a prefeasibility study for an extension to a 500MW wind farm in the Navoi region, with a view to growing the generation capacity by up to an additional 1 GW. UzAssystem is assessing options to connect both the existing and potential new generation assets to the grid, with a view to determining grid capacity and the most feasible connection options in the area.

UzAssystem has also been conducting geotechnical, topographical, and hydrological surveys for two 500MW wind farms in the Bukhara region. These vital site characterisation works will support the design of the assets by assessing potential issues such as seismic activity, thermal conductivity and flood risk prior to construction.

Additionally, UzAssystem has undertaken a grid impact study for another 600MW wind farm development in the Bukhara region. Owing to the variable nature of renewable generation assets, assessing the effect they may have when connected to the grid is essential to ensure existing infrastructure can adequately manage shifts in electrical loads and to highlight where maintenance or upgrades are required.

Moreover, UzAssystem provided local technical advice to support a developer of a 100MW pilot wind project in the Karatau region. The developer benefited from UzAssystem’s expertise in licensing and permitting, tender preparation and other technical and operational subjects such as subcontracting and supply-chain. UzAssystem has also been performing site characterisation studies this project, including geotechnical, topographical and hydrological surveys.

UzAssystem is committed to empowering the low-carbon energy transition in Uzbekistan. It is actively involved in a range of projects that will deliver a cleaner, more secure energy system for the Republic, including modelling its national electricity grid, upgrading its electrotechnical standards and supporting the development of multiple low-carbon generation projects.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: “Wind power is set to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of Uzbekistan’s energy system, and investment in renewable energy assets is also driving vital upgrades to grid infrastructure across the country. UzAssystem is pleased to be supporting this transition by lending our expertise and keen local knowledge to developers of new generation assets.”

UzAssystem drives digital revolution in Uzbekistan’s electricity grid

With ambitions to scale-up deployment of renewable energy technologies to 12GW by 2030, along with plans for 2.4GW of nuclear capacity, Uzbekistan is on a mission towards a low-carbon energy mix. Power system planners are looking to secure and sustain investment in new energy generation assets by aligning these targets with grid management needs.

Understanding what is connected to the electricity grid, from individual homes to industrial complexes and power plants, is essential to ensure safe and stable management of supply and demand.

UzAssystem is supporting Uzbekistan’s grid operator to create a digital model of the country’s electricity grid, which will be used to perform simulations to help assess grid conditions, the impact of new power facilities and the effect of upgrades on the grid across the whole of Uzbekistan.

The JV’s digital specialists are gathering data from multiple sources, including owners, operators, and regulators, to build the model using DIgSILENT Powerfactory. This approach is expected to significantly boost visibility, providing effective clarity on real-time conditions which will enable the grid operator to make informed decisions on the development of infrastructure. The study also lays the foundation for prioritising and sequencing grid integration investments.

Kerem Sadiklar, Uzbekistan General Manager, Assystem said: “This project is a prime example of our cutting-edge digital capabilities in practice. It also highlights the benefit of the joint venture approach – by combining local experience with international expertise we have been able to offer our client clear insight into its needs, which will drive informed and therefore cost-effective decision-making regarding future energy infrastructure in Uzbekistan.”

Any new source of electricity generation can place pressure on a country’s grid. While nuclear provides more consistent outputs, wind and solar power output varies depending on the prevailing weather conditions. This variability can be challenging to manage, especially when you lack clear visibility of your grid infrastructure.

A lack of clarity can also hinder the deployment of such technologies when it is unclear where spare grid capacity is available. Scaling up low-carbon generation capacity requires investment in a modern grid that reaches more remote areas well suited to hosting large assets such as wind and solar farms.

Beyond grid modelling services, UzAssystem is providing its engineering and digital expertise to support the development of low-carbon energy infrastructure across the country, and has also been assisting the Ministry of Energy to update its standards to International Electrotechnical Commission level.

UzAssystem partners Tashkent State Technical University to develop new engineering talent

With the academic year well underway, UzAssystem is delighted to be working with Tashkent State Technical University in an academic partnership which will support the development of engineering talent in Uzbekistan.

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, a dedicated masterclass for university students in advanced grid simulations was initiated in Autumn 2021. The short course teaches participants how to use PowerFactory by DIGSILENT to simulate transmission and distribution-level electricity systems, which will be vital for managing Uzbekistan’s increasingly technology diverse power grid.

The partnership has also seen the development of a secondment programme for university lecturers at Assystem Group’s French headquarters, and an internship programme for students UzAssystem’s headquarters in Tashkent, with further plans to involve academic staff in UzAssystem’s research and development projects as part of a knowledge exchange.

Twice a year UzAssystem will welcome five interns for up to three months at a time. The interns will benefit from practical exposure to the JV’s wide variety of energy transition projects. UzAssystem is a joint venture of Assystem and the Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy. It is empowering the energy transition in Uzbekistan by supporting the development of a modern energy system featuring low-carbon technologies.

Kerem Sadiklar, General Manager, UzAssystem said: We are proud to be supporting the next generation of engineers in Uzbekistan through this partnership. By equipping learners with the knowledge and capability to manage Uzbekistan’s grid, and providing valuable learning experiences for staff and students alike, our partnership with the Tashkent State Technical University takes a holistic approach to developing talent which will help to ensure Uzbekistan has the skilled workforce needed to drive the energy transition.”

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.”