Uzbekistan working on long-term strategy for gas transport infrastructure
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Ilkin Seyfaddini – Trend:
Uztransgaz jointly with ILG Business Consult GMBH (Germany) and Asian Development Bank launches a large-scale Gas Master Plan project, Trend reports citing the Uzbek media.
The main goal of the Gas Master Plan is to prepare a medium- and long-term strategy for development of gas transport infrastructure in Uzbekistan, which will contribute to the sustainable development of the country's gas potential, national and regional energy security in Central Asia, and subsequently become the basis for the creation of a Central Asian hub in Uzbekistan.
It should be noted that this work is carried out at the expense of grant funds of the Asian Development Bank within the framework of bilateral cooperation on implementation of investment project on modernization of gas transmission system of the country.
The Gas Master Plan includes implementation of a regional medium-term (for 10 years) and a national long-term (for 20 years) analysis of gas supply and demand, and scenarios for its transportation.
Thus, it is planned to implement capital investment planning with a sequence of proposed priority investment projects and netback analysis based on hydraulic analysis of gas transmission and storage infrastructure in Uzbekistan.
GMP will make recommendations on creation of an appropriate institutional structure in line with the best international practices and contributing to the marketing of the gas sector and transformation of Uzbekistan into an energy center of Central Asia.
It will also make recommendations on appropriate gas pricing policies (including transportation and storage tariffs) that ensure upstream production as well as security of downstream demand.
The project will involve foreign and local experts in the field of oil and gas and energy in seven areas.
As a key part of the plan, a GMP model will be prepared to update and explore alternative scenarios for gas sector development and its economic impacts.
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