Eni, GE break ground on 48-MW Kazakh wind plant

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December 10 (Renewables Now) - Italian oil and gas major Eni SpA (BIT:ENI) and GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) have broken ground on a 48-MW wind project in Kazakhstan.

The Badamsha Wind Farm, as it is named, will be comprised of 13 GE 3.8-130 onshore wind turbines of 3.8 MW each. It is located in Aktobe oblast.

Badamsha is part of a collaboration initiative between Eni and GE focused on the promotion and development of renewable energy sources. The wind park is Eni’s first large-scale investment in the wind sector while it is also GE’s first onshore wind plant in Kazakhstan.

According to previous statements made by the Italian firm, the wind farm is to be completed by the end of 2019. When operational, Badamsha will generate around 198 GWh of electricity per year.

The wind park supports the country's goal to have renewable sources accounting for 50% of its electricity consumption by 2050, Eni noted.

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