Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering the operation and maintenance (O&M) of thermal power plants in Uzbekistan.

The MoU was signed along with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Mitsubishi Corporation to fast-track discussion of a Comprehensive Service and Maintenance Program (CSMP).

The agreement was reached at the 15th round of the Uzbek-Japanese Economic Cooperation Forum. It further strengthens the MoU signed by the parties at the 14th round of discussions in October 2018.

The CSMP, which has been incorporated in the new MoU, intends to improve O&M technologies. The programme applies to the three power plants, the Navoi plant, operated by Thermal Power Plants of Uzbekistan, and Navoi-2 and Turakurgan, both of which are currently under construction.

MHPS will provide parts for the gas turbines and train engineers from Thermal Power Plants of Uzbekistan in O&M. MHPS will also assign engineers to conduct regular inspections at the sites.

The state-operated power provider Thermal Power Plants of Uzbekistan has a total power generation capacity of 12,100MW and meets almost 100% of Uzbekistan’s power requirements through three core fuel sources including coal, petroleum and natural gas.

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MHPS has previously supplied equipment for the Navoi plant. In November 2018, the parties signed an MoU with Thermal Power Plants of Uzbekistan (formerly known as the State Joint Stock Company Uzbekenergo).

This agreement on collaboration in power plant maintenance support expanded and strengthened O&M agreement concluded in 2015.