UGE and EDF discuss pumped-storage project in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s state hydro developer Uzbekhydroenergo (UGE) and EDF of France could jointly develop the first pumped-storage project in the the country, after reaching preliminary agreements on operational ventures and organizational collaboration.

At a meeting held on 14 April, UGE’s senior management, including Sanginov Abdu­gani, Chairman of the Board, and representatives of EDF, took steps towards the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding.

A preliminary agreement specifically covered: construction of a 200 MW pumped-storage plant in the Bostanlyk district of the Tashkent region; installation of floating solar panels on reservoirs; and the creation of special working groups to discuss key organizational issues.

“It was our honour to have such constructive dialogue with an esteemed company such as EDF, and we look forward to continuing our conversations,” said Abdugani. “Uzbekistan’s hydropower potential is growing, and we want to work with renowned international partners who can help us achieve optimal use of Uzbekistan’s natural resources, boost energy efficiency and increase renewable energy’s share in our country’s energy mix.”

The meeting was also attended by Makhmudov Fozil, UGE’s Deputy Chairman of the Board, and Khasanov Khasan, Head of the Division for Prospective Develop­ment and Invest­ments, as well as Beatrice Buffon, Group Executive Director in charge of EDF’s Inter­national Depart­ment, Marc Girard, EDF’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Laurent Paganon, Office Head for CIS countries.