Eni, through its local subsidiary Arm Wind LLP, has inaugurated construction work on a 50 MW photovoltaic plant in the South of Kazakhstan. The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan, Pasquale D’Avino, in addition to the local authorities. Located in the Region of Turkestan near the village of Shaulder, the power plant marks Eni’s first large-scale investment in solar power in Kazakhstan.
The plant will cover an area of 100 hectares, where more than 100,000 panels and a new electrical substation will be installed and connected to the local grid via a new overhead powerline of around 7 kilometres. The new plant will see a greenhouse gas emission reduction of about 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the plant’s lifetime, contributing to the progressive decarbonisation of the power sector of Kazakhstan and supporting the Country’s ambitious goal to procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.
Eni launched its first renewables project in Kazakhstan in March 2020 through the commercial operation of the 48 MW Badamsha Wind Farm located in the Aktobe Region, with an annual power generation of about 195 GWh with an overall CO2 saving of 170,000 tonnes per year. The company is now executing the second phase of the project, with a 48 MW of additional capacity.
Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992. Eni is a joint operator of the Karachaganak field and is an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field. In 2018, Eni became a joint operator in the exploration block Isatay and Abay, with the state company KazMunayGas.