Uzbek oil and gas company SEG is piloting the use of solar energy to power its Karshi training ground.
SEG, the Uzbekistan-based oil and gas company, has announced plans to shift electricity supply from its oil and gas training site in Karshi to renewable energy sources, particularly solar power.
The site currently has 44 solar panels, which the company plans to generate up to 8 kilowatts (KW).
The electricity generated by this project will cover all equipment used at the SEG training and education site.
After the completion of the pilot project and data analysis, SEG will make a new strategic decision to equip its other remote oil and gas fields with solar panels.
The expansion of the pilot could involve reconfiguring up to 15 more fields to use solar power and benefit from the Automated Operational Dispatch Control (ASODU) system.
The company envisions the fields becoming completely energy independent and protected from conditions such as high winds and sandstorms, which can sometimes disrupt power supply when overhead lines are damaged.
“Uzbekistan is one of the sunniest countries in the world,” said SEG Chief Engineer Sergey Ryabov.
“It makes perfect sense to use this natural advantage to provide electricity, and we deliberately chose the Karshi training ground for the pilot project.
“On-site training takes place during daylight hours, when solar production is optimal. This avoids using the batteries to the maximum and ensuring the continuity of operation of the site.
“We are planning large-scale pilot tests of a solar power plant at the training site, after which we can determine the potential wider use of solar panels at SEG’s other production sites.
“We have two options for supplying electricity to our isolated sites: we can either use petroleum gas or energy from the sun.
“The relatively low cost of solar panels is offset by the cost of restoring power when power lines are damaged by weather events.
“Thanks to solar energy, we can obtain round-the-clock, trouble-free power supply for the company’s fields – in accordance with the state program to improve the efficiency of oil production.”
The commissioning of the solar station at the training site is scheduled for this month (October).
Further transition activities to renewable energy sources at sites will be carried out by SEG in early 2023.