22 Nov 2023 14:22

Kazakh parliament approves French wind farm project in Zhambyl region

ASTANA. Nov 22 (Interfax) - The Majilis or lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament has approved a law ratifying a special agreement between Kazakhstan and France to combat global warming.

This agreement provides for constructing a 1 GW wind power plant near Mirny village in the Zhambyl region.

"The investor plans to finance the wind energy project in Kazakhstan, which aims to generate 3.6 billion kWh of additional green energy every year, with an investment of about 820 billion tenge," Energy Minister Almasadam Satkaliyev said.

"To maintain the safety and stability of the energy system, the investor plans to install a system for storing electrical energy," the minister said.

Total Eren, part of TotalEnergies , signed an agreement in 2022 to create Kazakhstan's biggest wind energy project in the Zhambyl region. This project, expected to draw 820 billion tenge in investment, features a 300 MWh/600 MWh energy storage system. It is due to start operating in 2026-2027 and will cost an estimated $1.9 billion.