A new wind farm with 16 wind turbines and generating 78MW of power will be built in the Tainty Ulan district of East Kazakhstan this year.
All the necessary documentation of the $50 million project is ready, and a private investor has been determined, according to head of the regional Department of Energy and Utilities Darkhan Tokhtarov. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.
The construction of the wind park in the East Kazakhstan region was approved by a government decree in 2013. Based on the document, Kazakhstan plans to build 106 wind energy facilities by 2020.
Also in 2013, during the Green Economy Forum, a memorandum of cooperation in the field of renewable energy was signed between Spain Consulting, Yertys National Company and Hydro China International Engineering LTD, which aims to build a wind farm on the Umysh mountain pass.
Last year, the government also announced plans to build up to six wind projects in North Kazakhstan by 2018, according to a recent statement by Anton Fedyaev, head of the regional Department of Housing and Communal Services and Energy.
Fedyaev said the projects form part of an existing state programme to develop renewables in the country through to 2018. “These wind farms will be built in four districts of the region – Tayinshin, Akkayin, Yessil and Musrepov,” added the head of department. “In this case, the expected capacity of wind power will be from 35 to 100 MW.”