The Chinese infrastructure construction company China Gezhouba Group Company, based in Wuhan, China, will build a 254-megawatt hydropower plant for Limited Kazakhstan Natural Gas Technology Company over the next 57 months at a cost of $728 million, pending government approval, Industrial Info Resources reported.
The plant will be on the Chilik River in the Alma-Ata region of Kazakhstan. Fossil-fuel powered plants provide approximately 80 percent of Kazakhstan’s electricity, according to IIR, and the Kazakh government is attempting to diversify the country’s energy sources.
Another Kazakh-Chinese energy project being developed is the long-delayed 300-megawatt Moinak hydropower plant on the Charyn River, IIR reported. Begun more than 30 years ago but stalled due to lack of funding, the China Development Bank restarted the project in 2006. Total cost is expected to be approximately $300 million.
Some 70 percent of the construction work on the 18,200-megawatt Three Gorges Project on the Yangtze River was done by the state-owned China Gezhouba Group Company, IIR said.
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