The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD46.7-million loan for the construction and operation of a 100-megawatt wind power plant in southern Kazakhstan which, when completed, will be the largest in Central Asia.
Located approximately nine kilometers southwest of Zhanatas in the southern Zhambyl region, the plant will, on a yearly basis, provide the country approximately 319 gigawatt hours of renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 260,623 tons.
The Zhanatas wind power plant is supported by a memorandum of understanding between AIIB and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which laid the foundation for greater cooperation on renewable energy project financing.
“Our investment in the largest wind power plant in the region reflects AIIB’s support for the Government of Kazakhstan’s transition to a “green economy,” which will advance efforts to meet the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement,” said AIIB Vice President and Chief Investment Officer D.J. Pandian.