Vestas Wind Systems announced Monday that it has secured its first wind turbine order in Kazakhstan, from one of the country’s leading renewable energy developers, CAPEC Green Energy, for the 52 megawatt Astana wind project.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S will provide CAPEC Green Energy LLP 52 MW (megawatts) of its V112-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Astana wind project, located close to the country’s capital of Astana, and will also provide installation and commissioning of the turbines, with delivery expected in the third quarter of this year. The turbines will be delivered in both 3.3 MW load-optimized mode and standard 3.45 MW rating.
“We have chosen to work with Vestas because their technology combines performance with reliability,” said Bagdat Oral, Director of CAPEC Green Energy LLP. “They have extensive experience in neighbouring markets, and they offer proven technology, especially for low temperature climatic conditions. For us, Vestas is the optimal partner to develop our project.”
“The Astana wind project marks an important step in further developing this promising wind market,” added Nils de Baar, President of Vestas North & Central Europe. “Kazakhstan has great wind energy potential, and we are determined to contribute to the overall growth of renewable energy production in the country. We are very happy that CAPEC Green Energy LLP chose Vestas, and we look forward to maximise their return on investment by offering a competitive cost of energy.”
A stereotypical steppe country, Kazakhstan is tailor-made to provide economical and efficient wind energy, but according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s REsource database, the country only has 98.16 MW worth of onshore wind capacity. That being said, even in just the past few days Vestas has confirmed the development of the Astana wind project, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in partnership with Clean Technology Fund (CTF) announced that it will invest in the 50 MW Burnoye Solar-2 project, located in the southern Zhambyl region.