8 Jun 2023 18:12

KazMunaiGas and Eni sign agreement for construction of "Sun-Wind-Gas" power station in Western Kazakhstan

ASTANA. June 8 (Interfax) - KazMunaiGas and Eni signed an agreement on the principles of joint implementation of a hybrid power plant project based on renewable energy sources and gas in the city of Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan, the KazMunaiGas press service reported.

The agreement was signed Thursday by KazMunaiGas Chairman Magzum Mirzagaliev and Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi in the presence of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

"The project, which is the first of its kind for our country, includes a 50 MW solar power plant, a 77 MW wind farm and a 120 MW gas-fired power plant to generate and supply low-carbon and sustainable electricity to KMG's subsidiaries in region," the statement said.

The project uses Eni's international industrial experience and is an innovative hybrid of various technologies: modern power plants using renewable energy sources, developed by Eni's subsidiary Plenitude, and a gas-fired power plant as a balancing (maneuvering) power. The project as a whole is aimed at diversifying and decarbonizing the energy supply of the Mangistau region.

In Kazakhstan, Eni operates in the renewable energy sector through its subsidiary Plenitude Arm Wind. The company has implemented several projects, such as Badamsha-1 and Badamsha-2, two wind farms in the Aktobe region with a total installed capacity of 96 MW. Currently, a solar power plant with a 50 MW capacity is under construction in the city of Shaulder, in Turkestan region, KazMunaiGas said.