Uzbekistan looks to cut down on diesel, fuel imports
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 5
By Ilkin Seyfaddini – Trend:
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on the situation in the country's energy sector,Trend reports citing the Uzbek media.
"The main systematic problem is a high share of fuel imports - 44 percent of the country's needs. To change this, the government is working on some plans, in particular to convert agricultural machinery and trucks to run on natural gas," the report said.
Three units of propane-butane mixture and a plant for the production of synthetic fuel (GTL) will be put into operation by the end of 2020. As a result, imports of jet fuel, diesel fuel and LNG will be completely replaced.
The meeting also discussed energy efficiency issues of enterprises and residential buildings. The relevant structures have been instructed to develop new projects of houses, taking into account best international practices to reduce losses in heating and electricity supply.
In addition, assistance will be provided to entrepreneurs and enterprises that have organized work in three shifts during the coronavirus quarantine period. For them, energy tariffs will be reduced by one and a half times during the night.
Earlier, the Government of Uzbekistan approved the Concept of Electric Power Supply to Uzbekistan for 2020-2030.
According to the Concept, by 2030 it is planned to increase electricity production from 5,900 MW to 29,200 MW.
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