ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev launched on Tuesday a package of key economic projects during a teleconference broadcast live to mark Industrialization Day in the Central Asian nation.
Nazarbayev gave the go-ahead to put into service the solar power station “Burnoye Solar-2,” a 100-megawatt Kazakh-British project that is the largest plant of its kind in the entire post-Soviet sphere.
Also in the field of alternative energies, the first stage of the Tupkaragan wind farm (43.6 MW) was launched in southwestern Kazakhstan.
“In Kazakhstan, we have a lot of territory, sun and wind, we need these kinds of companies. Currently, only 1 percent of our energy is provided by renewable sources and by 2020 it will hardly reach 3 percent,” Nazarbayev said.
He added that in Europe that amount hovers around 30 percent, which is “a good example to emulate.”
During the teleconference, entitled “Second Five-Year Plan of Industrialization Made in Kazakhstan,” Nazarbayev inaugurated a total of 27 new companies, including “Green Recycle,” for waste treatment.
This plant, located in Almaty, the former capital and largest city in the country, is to process 550,000 tons of waste per year.
Since the beginning of its industrialization program in 2010, Kazakhstan has inaugurated 1,498 new companies, which have created a total of 107,000 stable jobs.
Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia bordering Russia, China, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, is by extension, with 2,717,300 square kilometers, the ninth largest country in the world but with a population of just 18 million.