GE braced for exotic renewables venture with Italian oil firm

The US turbine manufacturer will join forces with Eni to build up the renewables sector in the world's ninth-largest country, which is now ready for wind power despite "powerful electromagnetic radiation".

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After last week's Russian onshore wind tender, resulting in contracts for 1.65 GW – and possible a new Vestas factory in Russia – the country's southern neighbor of Kazakhstan is now ready to get in the game. During the just-ended world exhibit Expo 2017 in the capital Astana, a deal was signed between the country's government, GE, and Eni for the development of a wind farm, according to a statement on Astana's website.

"Today [June 21, -ed.], we together with ENY and General Electric will sign an agreement on the subject that these two largest world companies having high competence in the field of renewable energy sources will enter the Kazakhstani market. GE produces the necessary equipment for wind farms, and the development of wind power in our country is the number one priority," said the Minister of Energy in Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev, during a conference at Expo, hosted by GE.

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