Assystem signs energy transition agreement with Uzbekistan
25 Jun 2019
International engineering group Assystem has signed a deal with the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan to help implement the country’s transformation to nuclear energy and renewables.
Chief operating officer Stéphane Aubarbier and deputy energy minister Sherzod Khodjayev met in the capital Tashkent to seal the agreement to create a joint venture to oversee the process, starting in late 2019.
The Uzbeks plan to double electricity production by 2030, raising installed capacity from 13 to 27 gigawatts. The energy mix will include civil nuclear production and new production infrastructure based on gas and wind power.
Assystem will design, co-ordinate and manage projects including production infrastructure, electricity transmission and distribution networks.
The mineral rich country is a major natural gas producer too, with its state-owned company ranking eleventh in the world for output, thought to be close to 70 billion cubic metres annually. It also boasts nearly 200 hydrocarbon deposit sites and has one of the most diversified economies in the region.