UAE’s Masdar to develop renewable energy projects in Kyrgyzstan

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Abu Dhabi renewable energy firm Masdar has signed an agreement with Kyrgyzstan’s energy ministry to develop clean energy projects with a capacity to generate 1 gigawatt (GW), it said on Tuesday.

The pipeline of projects will start with a 200 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant scheduled to begin operations by 2026, Masdar said in a statement.

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The company, established by UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala in 2006, recently announced a new shareholding structure where Taqa holds a 43% stake, Mubadala retained its 33% stake and Abu Dhabi’s National Oil Company ADNOC holds a 24% share.

Under the new structure, Masdar has a target to grow to at least 100 GW of renewable energy capacity, mostly wind and solar, by 2030 and grow its new green hydrogen business - hydrogen produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity - to an annual production capacity of up to 1 million tonnes by 2030.

Kyrgyzstan is looking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 44% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Central Asian nation already produces around 90% of its electricity from clean energy sources, but almost exclusively from aging hydropower plants.

Under the agreement, Masdar will explore and invest in a wide range of renewable energy projects such as ground-mounted solar PV, floating solar PV, and hydropower projects, the statement said.

The UAE, which is preparing to host the COP28 climate conference next year, has a target to reach net zero by 2050.

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