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Kazakhstan awards 250 MW of wind capacity

Wind turbines at work. Author: Nick Cross. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

October 9 (Renewables Now) - Kazakhstan on Friday selected four projects in an auction to award 250 MW of wind power capacity.

The tender is part of an autumn auction round taking place from October 3 to October 18 as the country plans to auction a total of 1 GW of renewable energy capacity this year. The targeted capacity in the initiative is 290 MW of solar, 620 MW of wind, 75 MW of hydropower and 15 MW of biopower.

Eight companies took part in the 250-MW wind tender, submitting eight bids for 560.05 MW of projects, with individual proposals ranging from 10.05 MW to 100 MW in size, according to an announcement by the auctions organiser JSC Kazakhstan Electricity and Power Market Operator (KOREM). Price bids ranged from KZT 17.39 (USD 0.047/EUR 0.041) to KZT 22.55 per kWh, compared to a starting price of KZT 22.67 per kWh.

The winners are in the table below. The tender was targeted at the north zone of the country's unified power system.

Company Capacity (MW) Price (KZT/kWh)
ZHEL ELEKTRIK LLP 100 17.39
Energo Trust LLP 50 19.5 
Shokpar wind power plant LLP 50 19.98
Investo LLP 50 20.5 

According to KOREM's announcements, as part of the current round, a tender for 50 MW of wind projects, 30 MW of solar projects and another tender for 50 MW wind projects did not take place due to a small number of participants.

(KZT 100 = USD 0.269/EUR 0.235)

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