A consortium of renewable energy companies is looking to put $1 billion into two wind farms in southern Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan, especially its southern region, relies quite a bit on imported electricity — these projects would be a tremendous help in giving it more energy independence.
Investors are expecting that 600 MW of capacity will be created from the two wind farms (400 MW at Zhanatas and 200 MW at Shokpar). Both projects will be in the Zhambyl region and the construction time frame for the projects is expected to be about 2 years.
“Central Asia Green Power, a joint venture between Kazakh private equity company Visor Group and the Turkish subsidiary of Italy’s Relight Group, would undertake a feasibility study into the project,” Robin Paxton of Reuters reports. Central Asia Green Power and state grid company KEGOC recently signed a memorandum detailing the plans.
Kazakhstan has considerable oil and uranium resources (it is looking to develop a nuclear fuel cycle based on its uranium reserves), but it also has great areas for generating wind energy, particularly in this region of the country, which has to get a huge amount of its electricity from other areas.
“In southern parts of the country, Kazakhstan is energy deficient. They have to import energy from other parts of Kazakhstan and from the other side of the border,” said Visor Group director Imraan Mohammed.
“This project will help the region to become energy self-sufficient.”
- World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Begun by China
- Wind Energy Giant Vestas Sees a Future in Romania
- U.S. Wind Energy 2010 Summary
Images via Irene2005
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:
I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...