‘Silk Road Super Grid’ Project
The Silk Road Super Grid project will open up opportunities for 64 countries along the New Silk Road, including Central Asian states, to tap into alternative energy production and export the energy to Europe, China, Japan and South Korea. The project is initiated by the International Green Technologies and Investment Projects Centre (IGTIC) and the Association of Ecological Projects of Kazakhstan.
The Climate Change Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Rae Kwon Chung said currently the Silk Road countries are experiencing electricity shortages especially in remote regions. The project, he added, would enable the countries to meet their growing electricity demand.
Kazakhstan can play a key role in the mega project as the country is located at the center of the Silk Road. The Republic also has great potential and resources for the development of renewable energy.
YELDOS ABAKANOV, DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON, ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
- The essence of the project is to ensure energy interconnection starting from Korea, China and Europe with a particular emphasis on green energy. The project involves the construction of high-voltage networks. Kazakhstan, taking into account our geographical features, could become the territory where we could produce large amounts of green energy and use it not only at home but also sell it to other markets.
The Silk Road Super Grid project would attract investments in new technologies in the Silk Road countries. An international platform will be created to discuss the project’s latest inventions.
Chung, who is also the former Ambassador of Climate Change of the Republic of Korea, said an ambitious series of wind power projects, better known as Asia Super Grid, is being developed in Mongolia. The project will use a unique high-voltage line that transmits energy over a distance of up to 7,000 kilometers.
A Japanese bank, headquartered in Tokyo, plans to invest in about US$280 billion in the project to export electricity generated from wind to China, Korea and Japan, said Chung.
SALTANAT RAKHIMBEKOVA, CHAIRPERSON, COALITION FOR GREEN ECONOMY:
- As part of this program, the Asia Super Grid network project is being developed. In the Gobi desert for example, the electric energy is generated at a cost of five cents. The electricity is then being bought by the Chinese for nearly 10 cents. We should study the practice of purchasing and selling electricity from other countries and implement it ourselves.