Solar power plant to be built in Aktau in western Kazakhstan09 february 2015, 14:36
Indian Empereal company focusing on renewable energy and desalination of water, the Mayor’s Office of Aktau and the region’s Chamber of Entrepreneurs signed an agreement to construct the plant for generation of solar and thermal energy and water desalination.
Mangistau Oblast in Kazakhstan's west was chosen as the plant’s location because of high level of solar activity there. In addition, such plants are usually located in remote areas or islands where it is not feasible to construct long power transmission lines, gas and water pipelines.
Empereal company successfully implemented similar projects in nine countries of the world. It hopes that this project will help Kazakhstan achieve its goal of generating at least 30% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.
According to the company's founder and managing director Manoj Divakaran, the implementation of the project will begin in two months.
The company intends to build a modular plant, which will generate power from solar and thermal energy and will desalinate water. It takes around 12 - 15 months to construct the entire. The length of the construction periods depends on the plant’s capacity.
This plant will be capable of producing at least 10 million liters of water and 150 MW of electricity per day.
The Indian company is not planning to stop at constructing the plant in Kazakhstan. Once the plant is built, they will open a research-and-innovation center in one of Kazakhstan's universities, they said.
Writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina