Ashgabat, 24 December 2020: The State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Programme in Turkmenistan, within the framework of the UNDP / Global Environment Facility (GEF) project "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan", organized an online seminar for the water management and agricultural specialists, teachers and students of the Agricultural University, leaseholders and farmers (agricultural producers) on the issues of technical operation and audit of pumping units, as well as water-use planning on inter-farm irrigation systems.

During the seminar, discussions were held on the main provisions of the developed "Rules for the technical operation of reclamation pumping stations" methodological document, including practical methods for carrying out maintenance works at reclamation pumping stations, ensuring the stable and safe operation of pumping units in terms of the water supply to water users in needed volumes.

"Timely performance of routine maintenance and proper operation of pumping equipment allows to increase its service life, which leads to reduction of power consumption and accordingly to reduction of the CO2 emissions into the atmosphere," said Mr. Guvanch Hanmedov, project specialist. “In turn, a regular audit of the pumping stations components - motors, pumps, suction and pressure pipelines and other equipment, allows us to determine the current technical condition of each equipment and plan works to maintain their performance”

In his speech, Mr. Anton Haritonov, the representative of the German company KSB, told about advanced methods and modern digital equipment used to monitor the energy efficiency indicators of pumping units. As an example, Mr. Haritonov presented the use of the KSB “System Effizienz Service” online data logger, which analyses the performance of the pump operating ranges and their interaction with all parts of the pumping system and provides a detailed assessment of the impact of the pump operating ranges on the pumping station operation.

Participants of the online seminar also got familiarized with the modern world experience in planning and organizing water use on inter-farm irrigation systems. In the final presentation, participants were presented with the results of research and seasonal works on the 145-ha "Green Polygon" research site as well as the recommendations on the use of various types of water-saving irrigation in the cultivation of various agricultural crops.

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