Kazakhstan has developed a program to launch 40 renewable energy projects that will create 3,200 jobs by 2025, Qazmonitor reports.
Kazakh Minister of Energy Bolat Akchulakov announced at a Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing on Wednesday, August 3, that the Government plans to launch 11 renewable energy projects, which will create more than 900 jobs, in 2022.
At present, three solar power stations and two wind farms, including one in the newly formed Abay region, will begin operations soon. The stations are estimated to create 330 jobs.
Major projects have already been launched in the western region where most of the traditional energy resources are concentrated.
The minister labelled the expansion project in Karachaganak, one of the largest oil and gas condensate fields in the world, as especially significant, due to its capacity to provide 2,600 jobs by 2025. According to him, 1,500 out of the planned 2,000 jobs were created this year.
On top of that, 18 contracts were signed for the production and supply of equipment for major subsoil users, like Tengizchevroil, North Caspian Operating Company, and Karachagank Petroleum Operating.
The three companies will create about 2,000 temporary jobs as part of the implementation of social facilities. After the facilities are commissioned, there will be more than 600 permanent jobs available.
In the next two years, KazMunayGas, a state-owned oil and gas company, intends to launch the first stage of reconstruction and expansion of the main water pipeline Astrakhan-Mangyshlak, which will create about 1,000 jobs.
The minister added that the construction of a new gas processing plant in Zhanaozen will provide 361 new vacancies.
“Between 2023-2024, there are plans to build a seawater desalination plant at the Tukymak field in Mangistau region, which will create 242 jobs during construction and 116 jobs after commission," said the Minister in his report.
Another water treatment project is being implemented at the Kashagan field, which will create 3,000 jobs by 2025.