Eni has started commercial operations at the 48MW Badamsha wind farm in Kazakhstan, as it diversifies its presence from oil and gas to renewable energy.
The wind farm marks the company’s first large-scale investment in the country’s wind sector.
Located in North-West Kazakhstan, in the Aktobe Region, the Badamsha wind farm will have an annual power generation of about 198GWh.
The wind farm will also help in offsetting 172,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The Badamsha wind farm is powered by 13 of GE’s 3.8-130 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 85m, 3.8MW of power and a 130meter rotor.
For GE, the project is its wind onshore plant in Kazakhstan.
Eni took FID on Badamsha wind project in June 2018
The final investment decision to build, develop and operate the Badamsha wind farm was taken by Eni in June 2018.
Eni stated: “This project represents the tangible implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2017 with the Kazakh ministry of Energy and Eni for renewable energy developments in Kazakhstan.”
Eni operates in the country through its local renewable subsidiary ArmWind.
In an auction conducted by the Kazakh Authorities in 2019, the company was awarded a further 48MW wind farm project, which will be the second phase of the Badamsha wind project.
In addition, Eni was also awarded a 50MW solar photovoltaic project in the Region of Turkestan, in southern Kazakhstan.
Under a strategy for its renewable business, Eni targets to achieve a balanced and diversified portfolio, aiming more than 3GW of wind and solar capacity by 2023 and up to 5GW by 2025.
With a presence in Kazakhstan since 1992, the company is joint operator of the Karachaganak field.
Besides, it owns equity interests in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field.