Eni has selected GE Renewable Energy to supply 13 of its 3.8-130 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 85m, 3.8MW of power and a 130meter rotor, for the Badamsha project in Kazakhstan.
With its 48MW of wind power the plant will increase the Country’s wind capacity by 25%.
The two companies held a joint-meeting at Wind Europe, one of the biggest and most important meetings of the wind industry worldwide, attended by GE Renewable Energy president and CEO Jérôme Pécresse and Eni energy solutions department executive vice president Luca Cosentino to celebrate the milestone for both companies. The Badamsha plant, located in the north-west region in the Aktobe oblast, represents Eni’s first large-scale investment in wind power and GE’s first wind onshore plant in Kazakhstan.
Pécresse said: “Badamsha marks our first wind project with Eni and our first in Kazakhstan. We are extremely proud to be working alongside Eni during an exciting time for them and for the entire energy segment, where GE Renewable Energy’s role as integrator enables better synergies across our industries.”
Luca Cosentino said: “With this project Eni is pleased to fully support the Country’s ambitious goal to procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The Badamsha plant represents a first concrete achievement of the Memorandum of Understanding we signed last year with GE and the Ministry of Energy, Kanat Bozumbayev. We expect to have it in operation by the end of 2019.
He also underlined that Eni plans to invest €1.2bn over the next four years on its renewable energy portfolio, which includes worldwide solar, wind and hybrid projects.
Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992. Eni is 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 joint operator in the exploration block Isatay, with the national company KMG.
Source: Company Press Release