Kazakhstan has high potential to develop renewable energy sources
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan.20 / Trend L.Podolyak /
French-Swiss company Alstom presented projects of equipment for wind and hydro power stations to the Kazakh ministry of industry and new technology, the Ministry said today.
Equipment, projects of which were presented to the country's ministry, is used in particular in construction of Shardary and Kerbulak hydro power stations. Similar equipment is successfully used in the US and Canada. It is characterized by its ecological compatibility since it's oil-free and fish pass.
The statement says business environment of Kazakhstan and policy in electricity field make it possible to invest in development of renewable energy sources with minimum risks.
"Renewable energy sources are one of the most promising areas of electricity in the world. Kazakhstan's potential, natural conditions are assessed quite high by the company's specialists," the statement says.
According to specialists, Kazakhstan is one of the countries with most suitable conditions for developing wing energy field. Average annual wind speed in over half of the country's territory is 4-5 m/s and in some provinces the speed reaches 6 m/s.
Potential reserves of water energy in Kazakhstan amount to about 0.5 per cent of the world's reserves. About 5 per cent of the country's 2,000 rivers are suitable for construction of small hydro power stations.