Uzbekneftegaz, French In­sti­tute of Petroleum In­tent on Co­op­er­a­tion in Sev­eral Ar­eas

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - ACTUAL - Press Ser­vice Uzbekneftegaz JSC

In the frame­work of the of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev to France, ne­go­ti­a­tions took place on Oc­to­ber 8 by the act­ing Chair­man of the Board of Uzbekneftegaz JSC Bahrom Ashrafkhanov with Vice Pres­i­dent of the French Petroleum In­sti­tute IFP En­er­gies Nou­velles (IFPEN) Pierre-Henri Bigeard.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the sides dis­cussed is­sues on the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and signed a co­op­er­a­tion mem­o­ran­dum, defin­ing the frame­work and direc­tions of fu­ture re­la­tions in the oil and gas sec­tor, both with the In­sti­tute it­self and with its af­fil­i­ated com­pa­nies.

In ac­cor­dance with the mem­o­ran­dum, the par­ties plan to con­sider a num­ber of ar­eas for co­op­er­a­tion. They in­clude sci­en­tific sup­port for ex­plo­ration and the study of oil and gas po­ten­tial of in­vest­ment blocks with the com­pany “Be­icip Fran­lab” (France) and its pos­si­ble in­volve­ment as an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor and ex­pert. (On Oc­to­ber 7, Uzbekneftegaz JSC del­e­ga­tion met with the lead­er­ship of Be­icip Fran­lab).

In ad­di­tion, the plans in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of op­ti­mal so­lu­tions with the com­pany Ax­ens (France) to im­prove the qual­ity of prod­ucts at the ex­ist­ing re­fin­ery ca­pac­i­ties with minimal cap­i­tal in­vest­ment. Ax­ens is one of the world lead­ers in the field of hy­dro­car­bon pro­cess­ing and petro­chem­istry. The com­pany has al­ready been in­volved in co­op­er­a­tion in the con­struc­tion of the Bukhara and mod­ern­iza­tion of the Ferghana oil re­finer­ies.

In ac­cor­dance with the mem­o­ran­dum, co­op­er­a­tion with the IFPEN School on ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and re­train­ing of spe­cial­ists of Uzbekneftegaz JSC by or­ga­niz­ing train­ing cour­ses at the IFPEN School in the branch of the I.M. Gubkin Rus­sian State Univer­sity of Oil and Gas in the city of Tashkent, as well as send­ing Uzbek spe­cial­ists to study at the IFPEN School in France.

At the same time, close co­op­er­a­tion is en­vis­aged with IFPEN on the creation of an in­no­va­tive cen­ter for the deep pro­cess­ing of nat­u­ral gas of Uzbekneftegaz.

IFP is a rec­og­nized French state re­search and train­ing in­sti­tute for the de­vel­op­ment and in­tro­duc­tion of high-tech prod­ucts in the fields of en­ergy, trans­port and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. In 2017, the com­pany sold 2.6 thou­sand li­censes. The vol­ume of IFP oper­at­ing ex­penses is EUR 278.2 mil­lion, in­clud­ing EUR 232.9 mil­lion di­rected to re­search.

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