The wind turbine park will extend over 150 hectares near the town of Khromtau in Kazakhstan. About 300 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and the facility will provide 30 permanent jobs once it is commissioned.
The wind power generated will be used to supply ERG’s Kazchrome Donskoy GOK plant, the largest industrial enterprise in the Aktobe region, and cover the plant’s growing energy needs as it increases its production capacity in the coming years. The wind farm will supply energy to neighbouring industrial facilities and the Aktobe region more widely, reducing Kazakhstan’s usage of coal.
This will be ERG’s first proprietary wind farm project, and forms part of the Group’sESG strategy and decarbonisation program. In total, by 2030, ERG plans to reduce its emissions to air by 56%, emissions to water by 30% and water consumption by 33% through its energy strategy.
“President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recently announced that Kazakhstan intends to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, and ERG is in full support of this initiative,” ERG board chairman Alexander Machkevitch said in the statement.
“This new plant is an important step and I believe that Donskoy GOK’s transition to wind power will be a great success, and one that we will look to replicate at ERG’s other facilities,” he said.
“We hope that the construction of this wind farm serves as an example for other large enterprises in Kazakhstan, and takes the country closer to the ambitious goal of becoming a carbon-neutral state.”
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