Zhambyl region readies for EXPO 2017
Zhambyl region is actively preparing for the international exhibition Expo 2017 which will be held in Astana next year. The region intends to present the operating enterprises as well as and long-term projects.
TIMUR ZHANKE, DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF ZHAMBYL REGION:
We are planning to present nine projects, which include Burnoye Solar-1, a wind farm. We have a mini-hydroelectric power station in Tasotkel reservoir, a small hydroelectric power plant Kazhat in Karygystau Gorge with the capacity of 9.2 megawatts and 3.2 megawatts plant in Karakystak.
Zhambyl region leads in the priority areas of “green economy” development. Solar, wind and water energy are actively used in the region. This is facilitated by favorable climatic conditions. 9 major facilities are operating on renewable energy sources in Zhambyl region. Four of them are located in the mountains of Korday district, and two - in Merke, the rest - in the districts of Turar Ruskulov, Shu and Zhualy. These stations produce 114 megawatts of electricity per hour, which are then transported through a common energy network of the country. The largest station in Central Asia - Zhualy occupies 150 hectares and produces 50 megawatts per hour.
IVAN ZABARIN, HEAD OF SOLAR POWER PLANT:
It is planned to expand production by building the second stage of the station with the capacity of 50 megawatts. Electricity will be provided to the substation. We are planning to use the solar panels manufacture in Kazakhstan.
These generators on the Korday pass work from wind energy. Natural climatic conditions allow producing electricity continuously. 50 such generators have been installed across the region.
Renewable energy development is gaining momentum in the region. Four hydroelectric power plants have already been commissioned. The facilities generated 280 million kilowatts of power this year alone.
KUDAIBERGEN KORGANBAEV, SENIOR STAFF, ENERGY AND PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT:
In 2017-2020, we plan to implement additional 5 projects and to reach energy production of 247 megawatts.
Investors from France, Germany, Turkey, Russia and China will be attracted for realization of these projects. In addition, next year, a new wind farm with the capacity of 100 megawatts will be launched in Shuysky district. A solar power plant will start operating in the region, involving Dutch businessmen, who intend to invest in the new project.