Uzbekistan to certify vehicles with gas engines
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 29
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company (NHC) will create a network of certification centers for installation of gas cylinders for compressed gas for vehicles in Uzbekistan by 2017, a representative of the holding company told Trend Sept. 28.
"It is planned to build 10 certification centers in all regions of the republic, and the total investment volume will be about $15 million," said the source.
He went on to add that the technical regulations on safety of motor vehicles, which are transferred to gas, are being developed now.
The centers will provide a range of services in the fields of standardization, metrology and certification of vehicles that run on gas.
It is planned to create a joint venture with EM Korea (South Korea), with which a corresponding memorandum of intentions was signed in 2014.
"Currently, negotiations on the terms of creating a joint venture are underway with the Korean investor," said the representative of Uzbekneftegaz NHC.
It was earlier reported that Uzbekistan has adopted a program on phased transfer of automobile transport to natural gas.
In 2013, Uzbek-Korean joint venture Ko-UNG Cylinder has put into operation a plant for the production of gas cylinder equipment worth $26 million.
The design capacity of the plant that is located in the Navoi free industrial economic zone (Navoi region) is 120,000 automobile gas cylinders annually.
Currently, the Uzbek-Chinese joint venture (JV) UTG-Kerui constructs CNG filling stations' network in Uzbekistan. The JV plans to construct a total of 46 CNG filling stations in all regions of the country by 2017 and invest $70 million in their construction.
In 2014, "Uzavtosanoat" Joint Stock Company ("Uzavtoprom" JSC) and the Italian Landi Renzo S.p.A. established the Avtosanoat - Landi Renzo joint venture on the production of gas fuel systems for cars.
The projected capacity of the enterprise will make up 25,000 sets of equipment per year.
The cost of the project in the first phase will be $1.8 million.
Uzbekistan holds third place among the CIS countries for the production of natural gas and is among the ten largest gas-producing countries in the world.
Every year, the country produces more than 60 billion cubic meters of natural gas, about 25 percent of which is exported.
Edited by CN