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Kazakhstan announces plan for hydro project, renewable development

Kazakhstan will soon benefit from more than 200 MW of additional installed capacity produced by 17 new hydropower projects, according to a report produced by country's Ministry of Industry and New Technology.

The hydroelectric plant development is part of the government's effort to increase its overall renewable power generation by 1,360 MW before 2020.

The ministry's plan said that the largest new hydro project will have an installed capacity of 60.8 MW and is to be located on the Shelek River in the country's Almaty region. The area is already home to the majority of Kazakhstan's existing hydropower projects and will have 11 more by 2020, the ministry said.

Wind farms and solar power stations are also included in Kazakhstan's renewable development program.

HydroWorld.com reported in June 2012 that RusHydro and Kazakhstan had signed a deal that could create up to 300 MW-worth of small hydroelectric plants in Kazakhstan.


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