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Central Asia's largest wind power project begins construction

Updated: 2019-07-18

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Zhanatas 100 megawatt (MW) Wind Power Project was held in Zhanatas, Zhambyl, Kazakhstan on July 15. The project will be built by POWERCHINA Chengdu Engineering, with POWERCHINA Intl serving as the EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contractor.

The deputy governor of Zhambyl said that the project is a key one for the energy sector under the China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation, and is also an example of the steady improvement of bilateral economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

Central Asia's largest wind power project begins construction

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Zhanatas 100MW Wind Power Project in Kazakhstan is held on July 15. [Photo/POWERCHINA]

After its completion, it is expected to be able to meet the electricity demand of about 1 million households, effectively alleviating the pressure on the power supply in southern Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan will continue to actively participate in the Belt and Road construction and China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation to promote the continuous development of bilateral relations, the deputy governor of Zhambyl added.

As the first large-scale wind power station with a capacity of more than 100MW under construction in Bangladesh, the project is also the largest capacity wind power project currently under construction in Central Asia, as well as the latest achievement of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

Central Asia's largest wind power project begins construction

Kazakhstan local media reports on the groundbreaking ceremony of the project. [Photo/POWERCHINA]

It is one of the key projects of the China-Kazakhstan production capacity cooperation, jointly invested by POWERCHINA Intl and Kazakhstan Visor Capital to build 40 2.5 MW wind turbines.

After the project is put into production, it will be able to produce 350 million kWh of electricity per year. Compared with coal-fired power plants of the same capacity, it can save 109,500 metric tons of standard coal, reduce 1,031 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions, 934 tons of nitrogen oxides, 289,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 322 tons of dust emissions, and 32,900 tons of ash emissions.

The project not only contributes to Kazakhstan's goal for its power production capacity to meet domestic demand by 2020, but also achieves the 3 percent target of renewable energy installed capacity in 2020, providing a good demonstration for Kazakhstan's environmental protection and decarbonization efforts.

Central Asia's largest wind power project begins construction

The wind turbines of the Zhanatas 100MW Wind Power Project. [Photo/POWERCHINA]