NUR-SULTAN – The Akmola Region will be launching six alternative energy projects totalling 153 billion tenge (US$404.16 million). As a result, local authorities expect the share of alternative energy to increase up to 45 percent by 2023, said Ivan Yurchenko, head of the regional energy and utilities department, at a June 18 press briefing.
Two wind farms with 45-megawatt (MW) and 750,000-kilowatt (KW) capability currently operate at First Wind Power Station (Yereymentau district) and Agrofirm Rodina (Tselinograd district) respectively. The 19.1-billion tenge (US$50.51 million) investment projects produce 17 percent of the total electrical energy generated annually, reported the regional akim’s (governor) press service.
In addition, five wind and one solar power stations will begin operating in Arshaly district, Kokshetau (regional centre), Sandyktau, Tselinograd and Yereymentau districts.
Equipment installation and adjustment has started for the 3.75-MW, 1.7 billion tenge (US$4.49 million) Vetro Invest Kokshetau wind power plant and should be completed in the fourth quarter.
The largest project in the region, the 50-MW TsATEK Green Energy wind power plant in the Arshaly area, will launch its first stage in late July. Commissioning works have already started. With the second stage, the company should increase the power capacity to 100 MW. The capacity will double again when the company finishes the third stage.
KB Enterprises plans to commission a 100-MW solar power plant in Tselinograd district next year. The 53.3-billion tenge (US$140.8 million) investment is being completed with the participation of foreign capital. A 300-hectare tract has been allocated, and design and survey work is underway.
Ereimentau Wind Power (50 MW) and Golden Energy Corp (30 MW) plan to commission wind power stations in 2021.
The deadline to implement the last project, the 2.5-billion tenge (US$6.60 million), 7 MW Vichi wind power plant, is 2022.