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TotalEnergies signs agreement on 1GW wind power project in Kazakhstan

By Energy Connects

Dec 05, 2023

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TotalEnergies and Kazakhstan have signed an Agreement on Investment (AoI) for the French energy major’s Mirny project – the largest wind energy project ever initiated in Kazakhstan.

The agreement was signed during COP28 in Dubai in the presence of the President of Kazakhstan by Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, and the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan. Mirny will supply more than 1 million people with low-carbon electricity and will avoid the emission of 3.5 million tons of CO2 annually in the country, TotalEnergies said.

The project aims to build a 1 GW onshore wind farm of up to 160 turbines combined with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system for a reliable power supply. Mirny represents an investment of about $1.4 billion and is a prime example of TotalEnergies’ ability to leverage its position as a major partner in the upstream sector to speed up the development of renewable energy in Oil & Gas countries, the company said.

This agreement follows the signature in June 2023 of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Mirny project, the first to be signed in the country for a wind project of such scale. TotalEnergies will develop the Mirny project in partnership with the National Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna and the National Company KazMunayGas, which will each own a 20% stake in the project.

“At COP28, more than 110 nations committed to tripling renewable energy capacity by 2030. TotalEnergies supports this call. With this innovative wind and battery project, our Company is making a direct contribution to this ambition and to the energy transition in Kazakhstan,” said Pouyanné. “The signing of this Agreement on Investment will allow to launch the Mirny project, which will help TotalEnergies triple its power generation from 33 TWh to more than 100 TWh by 2030.”

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