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December 21, 2012 - December 28, 2012

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In This Issue:
AUCC IN BRIEF
Kazakhstan Prime-Minister met with Uzbekistan President
Uzbekistan to set up a commission for Radiation and Nuclear Safety
LUKoil to Begin Active Phase of Uzbekistan Projects in 2013
Fergana refinery puts plant sludge reprocessing into operation

Established in 1993, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) is a private, non-profit trade association representing interests of U.S. businesses ranging in size from small private enterprises to large, multinational corporations conducting business in Uzbekistan.

Our Mission: To advocate the views of the business community to ensure that private sector positions are considered during the development of key policies that impact American businesses and the future of U.S.-Uzbekistan relations.

Our Objective: To serve the needs of its members by strengthening commercial relations between the United States and Uzbekistan.

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Kazakhstan Prime-Minister met with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov during his visit to Uzbekistan, the Prime-Minister's official website writes.
They discussed development of trade and economic cooperation and exchanged their opinions on the prospects of further enhancement of the bilateral relations. At the meeting Akhmetov stated that Kazakhstan payed special attention to development of mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan and passed greetings from Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Islam Karimov.
"We think highly of the results of your official visit to Astana in September this year. Kazakhstan government has started implementing the agreements reached during the president's visits to the two countries," the Prime-Minister said.
Uzbekistan President stressed the special nature of relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. "First of all because we have established trust and friendly relations," Karimov said.
On December 21 Serik AKhmetov met with his Uzbekistan colleague Shavkat Mirziyeyev.

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The Uzbek government has decided to establish a commission for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, which will coordinate cooperation between authorities, ministries and agencies in the creation and implementation of a unified state system for the forecasting, early detection of and response to radiation accidents (SPRVR), a source in government circles informed Trend.

According to the document, the problems in the framework of the system of forecasting, early detection and response to radiation accidents will be addressed mainly by emergency and search and rescue teams belonging to the Ministry of Emergency Forces of Uzbekistan.

The mobilization of Ministry of Defense units and institutions to take part in measures aimed at preventing, containing and eliminating the consequences of radiation accidents will only be carried out by decision of the President.

The document also provides for annual on-site thematic special tactical exercises to simulate the interaction of forces and means of radiation accident forecasting, early detection and response systems.

The law "On Radiation Safety" was adopted by Uzbekistan in 2000. In April of 2011, a number of amendments were introduced. In particular, structures implementing state and industrial control have been determined. According to the amendments "social control in the field of radiation protection is carried out by self-governing bodies, non-profit organizations and citizens."

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Russia's largest privately-owned oil company LUKoil will launch the active phase of its projects in Uzbekistan in 2013, LUKoil Overseas head Andrei Kuzyayev said on Friday.

"The peak of investment activity for current projects in Uzbekistan is expected in 2013-2017," Kuzyayev said.

According to Uzbekistan's 2013 state investment program, LUKoil plans to invest $678.5 million in its projects in the Central Asian country next year, including 392.3 billion for projects at the Kandym gas field in the Bukhara District and gas prospecting at the Ustyurt Plateau

A total of $286.2 million will be invested in developing deposits at the Gissar Range.

Along with the Kandym and Gissar project, LUKoil is also a member of an international consortium carrying out geological prospecting in the Uzbek part of the Sea of Aral.

LUKoil has already extracted 15 billion cubic meters in Uzbekistan, with an estimated 2012 output of 4.1 billion cubic meters. The company has invested more than $2 billion in its projects in the country.

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The Fergana Refinery commissioned the processing of oil sludge worth $10 million, a representative of the company informed Trend.

According to the source, the power unit produces five thousand tons of sludge annually.

Preparation of the Feasibility Study was carried out by the Russian Research and Design Institute "Oil" (Orenburg).

The project was financed by the National Holding Company (NHC) "Uzbekneftegaz".

Implementation of the project will bring the oil content of the effluent to less than 20 milligrams per liter of air contaminants and no more than 25 milligrams per liter, as well as receive additional products of withheld oil.

As previously reported, at the Ferghana Refinery, the NHC "Uzbekneftegaz" currently implements projects related to the modernization of hydroforming lube worth $12 million as well as the reconstruction of treatment facilities worth $14.4 million.

The Fergana Refinery was commissioned in 1959 and currently produces about 60 kinds of petroleum products. The design capacity is 5.5 million tons per year.

In 1999, Japan's Mitsui and Toyo Engineering carried out a project for the reconstruction of the plant worth about $200 million at the expense of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Under this project, a diesel hydrodesulphurization complex was put into operation.

In October 2006, a gas fracking installation worth about $8 million was put into operation at the plant; it increased the production of liquefied gas at the refinery from 5 to 6.7 tons annually.

Oil and gas condensate production in Uzbekistan is currently carried out at three refineries - Bukhara, Fergana and Altyaryk ("Altyaryk fuel production") with a total capacity of 11.12 million tons of oil annually. In particular, the Bukhara refinery produces high-quality types of gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel. Its design capacity is 2.5 million tons of oil annually. The Ferghana and Altyaryk Plant's fuel and oil production areas have a processing capacity of 5.5 million and 3.2 million tons of oil. At present, these capacities are 60-70% full.

NHC "Uzbekneftegaz", the monopoly operator of the Uzbek oil and gas sector, was established in 1998. The company brings together six joint stock companies.

According to the State Statistics Committee, in 2011 Uzbekistan reduced oil output by 5.8% compared to 2010, (1.889 million tons) and gas condensate, by 9.8% (approximately 1.696 million tons).


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