Major hydrogen project to be undertaken in Kazakhstan
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German company Svevind Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kazakh Invest to launch a project on producing green hydrogen in Kazakhstan – which could one day be the world’s largest such facility.

Plans call for the installation of solar and wind farms in steppe regions in the centre of west of Kazakhstan with a combined capacity of 45GW– the basis for production of green hydrogen. The energy generated will be supplied to electrolysers to produce about three million tonnes of green hydrogen every year.

    Development and financing of the project is expected to take about three to five years and construction another five years.

    Svevind said the hydrogen produced could then be exported or used in Kazakhstan for production of ammonia, steel and aluminum.

     “Through the development of hydrogen energy, Kazakhstan can get its niche in the world supply of hydrogen”, said Meirzhan Yussupov, chairman of the Board of Kazakh Invest., the national agency for the promotion of investment.

    “This energy resource can be used in transport, everyday life, energy and the railway industry. All of this contributes to the advancement of low-carbon development.”

     Svevind CEO Wolfgang Kropp said: “The green hydrogen facilities will lift Kazakhstan among the global leaders of renewable energy and hydrogen at very competitive, ultra-low production costs. We trust that, for green hydrogen, Kazakhstan is the place to be.”

    Kazakhstan has announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The share of renewable energy sources in the overall energy balance is now about 3%, but by 2022 the government intends to bring that figure to 6% and by 2030 to 15 %.  Over the past six years, the installed capacity of renewable energy sources has risen nearly tenfold – from 180MW in 2014 to 1,650 MW in 2020.

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