March 26 (Renewables Now) - The 48-MW Badamsha wind farm in the Aktobe region of Kazakhstan has commenced commercial operation, its owner Italian oil and gas major Eni SpA (BIT:ENI) has informed.
The project was implemented by Eni’s local renewable energy unit ArmWind LLP, which secured the capacity in Kazakhstan’s third auction for wind power.
Badamsha will be capable of generating around 198 GWh annually and avoid the release of some 172,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, Eni said.
The project will be followed by Badamsha II, a 48-MW extension to the original wind farm. Eni, in a joint venture with General Electric (NYSE:GE), secured the extension in an online reverse auction in Kazakhstan’s Northern Zone in 2019.
Eni was also awarded a solar project, its first in Kazakhstan, last year. In a tender held by JSC Kazakhstan Electricity and Power Market Operator (KOREM), the Italian group won 50 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, which will be installed in the region of Turkestan.