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Regional renewable energy clusters to be set up in Kazakhstan

Oil&Gas Materials 9 February 2021 10:41
Regional renewable energy clusters to be set up in Kazakhstan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9

BY Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin has instructed the Ministry of Energy and Кazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) to make proposals for the development of agile power generation, Trend reports citing Kazakh media.

The instructions were given within the government meeting during which it was noted that the solar and wind power plant, which are currently the most popular in Kazakhstan, largely depends on the weather, which leads to the shortage of agile power generation and affects the sustainability of Kazakhstan’s unified energy system.

“In this regard, I instruct the Ministry of Energy and KEGOC to make proposals on development of the agile energy sector, as well as look into the issue of establishing renewable energy storage,” Mamin said.

He also noted that currently there are examples available of creating small nodal zones (clusters) of renewable energy facilities, where several plants are set up in one zone at once.

“In this regard, I instruct the ministry of energy to work out the issues of creating regional renewable energy nodal zones together with the regional akimats (administrative centers),” Mamin said.

Kazakhstan’s Minister of Energy Nurlan Nоgayev said earlier this year that a total of 25 renewable energy projects were commissioned in Kazakhstan in 2020 the overall capacity of which was 583 MW.

The minister said that the volume of electricity generated using renewable energy sources amounted to 3.15 billion kWh in 2020, which meets the plan for the year.

In turn, of the total number of renewable energy projects launched in Kazakhstan in 2020, 10 projects accounted for wind energy, 12 for solar energy, 1 for hydropower, 2 for bioenergy.

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