Clean energy of creation

Dec 26. Kazpravda. Astana

By Laura Tusupbekova

Clean energy of creationYesterday President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the launching ceremony of the plant for the production of photovoltaic modules LLP «Astana Solar» – a subsidiary of the JSC “NAC” Kazatomprom”.

The event was attended by Board’s chairman of the JSC “Fund” Samruk-Kazyna” Umirzak Shukeyev, Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev, mayor of Astana Imangali Tasmagambetov, Board’s chairman of the JSC” NAC “Kazatomprom” Vladimir Shkolnik and representatives of French companies – partners of the project.

The plant LLP «Astana Solar» is the final technological link of a major project KazPV on the creation of a fully integrated production line for renewable energy sources. The new plant will manufacture solar panels on the base of domestic silicon. The plant has equipment of the latest generation meeting the highest safety standards and environmental regulations. This, in turn, corresponds to the stated theme of “green” economy at the forthcoming EXPO in Astana in 2017.

This is an important aspect, said the head of state, talking to the team of the factory.

– When we talk about industrialization, the first thing we mean is innovation. You are the workers of the first object, which produces solar modules. The future is with the “green” economy. We have chosen this theme for the EXPO- 2017 and we are preparing for it. I’ve seen similar facilities in South Korea and the United States. Of course, soon they will replace oil and gas, but only in the future and we should aspire to it, – Nursultan Nazarbayev urged.

The President stressed that the companies working on such energy will be most advanced.

The design capacity of the photovoltaic plates planned for the production is 50 MW with the extension in long term up to 100 MW. The enterprise intends to reach its full capacity in the first quarter of next year.

It’s worth noting that the commissioning of the plant will create 175 jobs for different specialists, who took training abroad. The plant’s products will be oriented to the domestic and foreign markets. As part of the marketing program the LLP «Astana Solar» has already signed several contracts.

Being one of the largest uranium producers in the world the JSC “NAC” Kazatomprom” sets the goal to participate in solving global problems, such as development of clean energy. As part of the plan to diversify business, Kazatomprom takes a long-term strategic commitment to invest through “Astana Solar” in the renewable energy sources and clean technologies.

This project has become practical implementation of the strategic agreements on industrial and innovative cooperation between Kazakhstan and France achieved during the official visit of the Head of State to the Fifth Republic in October 2010. It aims at sustainable economic development, the promotion of knowledge-based industries and the development of renewable energy sources.

Congratulating the team of the LLP «Astana Solar» on the start-up works, the President made an entry on the first solar-penal: “The first Kazakh module. Congratulations! N.Nazarbayev”.

– This remarkable object is a good New Year gift to all Kazakhstanis, – he said.