Hydropower is one of the largest sources of clean and green energy in the world, and Kazakhstan has a huge hydropower potential, still untapped. The development of this industry is especially important for the country's economy. However, Kazakhstan is burdened by a number of factors and barriers, including legislative procedures which investors into hydropower face when implementing their projects.
Going in line with the Firm’s mission ‘to pursue the sustainable future’, the work delivered by Unicase is a contribution to the 2020-2030 Hydropower Industry Development Plan implementation. The Plan was approved by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic on September 4, 2020, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, Power Central Asia (PCA) Activity, and it has local and global significance.
The Project’s innovation: it had been the first time when the regulatory framework, governing hydropower projects, was analysed in Kazakhstan.
The exclusivity of the Project is in the Unicase Team engagement: the direct research of and improvement to the legislation in order to eliminate legal barriers in the HPPs construction. Based on the results of our work, a new normative act will see light, and it will be designed to increase the Republic's investment attractiveness. The amendments will be made pointwise to optimise all the stages in the process of obtaining land plots and building HPPs.
The Project’s main complexity lies in the lack of hydropower industry professionals. Hydropower is a pressing issue in the country and requires law optimisation. Due to the total absence of any research on legislation related to hydroelectric power plants, Unicase has been the first to pave the way in this area and to indicate the barriers.
As a result, this Project will facilitate all the procedures necessary for the construction of new hydroelectric power plants, developing the industry as a whole and, hopefully, making the country stand out.