UAE signs landmark agreements with Kazakhstan

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE-Kazakhstan Relations
Officials during the signing ceremony.

The UAE government has signed an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan to cooperate in the development of Kazakhstan’s renewables sector, including through the development of a large-scale wind power project with a 1GW capacity.

Alongside this, a Joint Development Agreement was signed between Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the UAE’s clean energy champion, who will spearhead the project, W Solar, Qazaq Green Power QGP (a Samruk-Kazyna Group company), and the Kazakhstan Investment Development Fund, to develop and implement a 1GW wind project.

This marks Masdar’s inaugural project in Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy. It represents a significant investment in the country’s potential as a major clean energy producer and aligns with the UAE’s support for Kazakhstan’s ambitious climate action plans.

Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Almassadam Satkaliyev noted that, “The government agreement for the development of a 1 GW large-scale wind power project that we are signing today is in line with the policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to combat global climate change, including by achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. We are highly interested in fostering our mutually beneficial cooperation with our UAE colleagues, aimed at promoting innovation in the field of renewable energy.”

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Suhail Al Mazrouei
UAE Minister of Energy

“The UAE and Kazakhstan have a strong track record of cooperation and collaboration in the energy space. We are pleased to strengthen this partnership with today’s agreement and look forward to working closely with our friends in Kazakhstan on promoting energy security and the green transition. In particular, this 1GW wind project, led by Masdar, will make an important contribution to increasing the country’s energy security and renewables capacity.”

Masdar Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said that, “Masdar has a track record of delivering world-class renewables projects globally, and we are confident that this wind project will be transformative for the surrounding regions. We look forward to continuing our work with the Government of Kazakhstan, as well as our partners at Qazaq Green Power, the Kazakhstan Investment Development Fund, and W Solar. We are excited to see how our projects across the region continue to develop.”

“Our collaboration with Masdar, Qazaq Green Power, and KIDF in Kazakhstan is a testament to W Solar’s commitment to advancing renewable energy projects across the globe. This project in Kazakhstan is not just about energy generation, but about low carbon, safe and sustainable energy supplies and contributing to a greener planet,” commented Mr. Muhammad Zafar, CEO of W Solar.

This project will play an important role in strengthening cooperation between the two countries, as well as in accelerating Kazakhstan’s energy transition, and its ambitions to increase renewables capacity to 15 percent of its energy supply by 2030 (and to 50 percent by 2050), and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

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