NEWS AND EVENTS
June 27, 2013
Coal industry to be upgraded with modern technologies and skilled staff
Uzbekistan schedules to forward about $ 555.2 million for the development of coal industry in the next five years.
The Uzbek government has approved the Program of Upgrade, Technical and Technological Extension of the Coal Industry and its Balanced Development for the 2013-2018. It was elaborated by Uzbekenergo and Uzbekugol companies together with the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance and the State Committee of Geology of Uzbekistan.
The course of Uzbekistan on the development of the coal industry goes well with the global trend of diversification of energy supply sources. Experts point out that in the future, when oil and gas sources will gradually decline, the share of coal in the energy industry will gradually increase. In fact, today the development of the coal industry worldwide is challenged by a number of causes, chiefly economic and environmental. The first factor is associated with low return on coal production, the latter - with its relatively high impact on the environment pollution. A total upgrade of the coal industry and introduction of modern environmentally friendly and energy-efficient equipment is the only way to address these problems.
It is not now when Uzbekistan embarked on this path. The country has been implementing programs on technological upgrade of coal production and increase of the mining volumes. Being a regulating company in the sector Uzbekugol produces more than three million tons of coal annually. Power industry is the major consumer of coal fuel, which accounts for over 85% of total coal consumption. Upon the implementation of the program it is expected that the production will increase from 3.7 million tons in 2012 to 8.1 million tons in 2018.
This will be achieved through the implementation of five projects on the upgrade of existing facilities worth 438 million US dollars, four projects on new construction worth $117.2 million. The projects on the upgrade of obsolete equipment with $232.9 million of funding, upgrade of Uzbekugol railway infrastructure ($78.4 million), as well as the construction of Apartak section ($106.5 million) are going to be the biggest ones. In addition, the scope of coal exploration will be significantly increased: it is projected to increase coal reserves by 771.3 million tons, with estimated resources of 228.6 million tons.
The program also details training of professionals for the coal industry. In 2013-2018 it is planned to train 2,397 specialists of various levels in accordance with international education standards.
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)