Oil group Eni lands first solar power project in Kazakhstan

Italian energy giant’s 50MW PV farm adds to same-size wind development won in September

Italian energy group Eni will develop it first solar power project in Kazkhstan, following an auction run under a joint scheme between the country and the United Nations Development Programme.

The 50MW PV plant in the Turkestan, being developed by Eni subsidiary ArmWind, adds to a 48MW Badamsha 1 wind farm, secured in September with GE Renewable Energy, and now being built in Aktobe, in western Kazakhstan.

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“This award marks Eni’s entry in the solar sector of the country and confirms the company’s role as one of the most prominent energy players in Kazakhstan,” said Eni, in a statement.

“This new project is part of [our] overall strategy for decarbonisation and transformation path towards green energy and circular economy that the company began in 2014.”

The as-yet-unnamed PV project, slated to completed “in the second half of 2021”, is expected to result in greenhouse gases emissions reduction of 1.2 million tonnes of CO 2 equivalent over the lifetime of the plant.

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“Eni aims to improve energy access in the countries where it operates and is committed to maximising its effort to reduce CO 2 emissions.”

Eni, which entered the Kazakhstan oil & gas market since 1992, is joint operator of the Karachaganak field and an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field.