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Sustainable energy supply affects the local energy market and regulation, wind and solar power generation, power transmission and distribution grids, energy storage and sustainable energy use. Introduction of energy storages have become a critical issue, and our Experts considered and reviewed the current conditions and plans surrounding electric power markets and the electricity transmission grid in Kazakhstan for the EBRD. The Project goal was to investigate the legal framework required to build a battery storage based on world’s best practices.

European Bank

Battery Storage
We have conducted a comparative analysis with reference countries and identified potential case studies with energy storage plans and implementation solutions in different jurisdictions. The Experts reported the three selected case studies and outlined how battery storage needs can be determined in a given electricity system, and what approaches to integrate a storage to the electricity system exist and may be adopted in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan sees the ‘renewables plus storage’ programme as a new way to have the gaps filled in their generation mix and to enhance the grid system resiliency. However, there is no specific regulation or programme to support such a system now, no ownership regulation, no construction capacities, nor is there any operational experience.
A study like the one Unicase delivered to the EBRD and the Government had never been considered in Kazakhstan before, and identified regulatory barriers are one of the main stumbling blocks in the way to an effective energy storage system. The Project outcome was a raised stakeholders’ awareness of existing issues and barriers which might impede battery storage deployment or slow the process down. Among the grave ones was that plans and other strategic documents covering the development were only superficial. The lack of standards and technical requirements came next, alongside the absence of any preferences and subsidies which is a failure to stimulate the industry players.
Impact & Outcome
In presentations given as part of this research, Unicase raised and defined all the barriers, and the Project will lead to a series of informed decisions taken, initiatives introduced, and much more effective storage market development to eventually increase the country’s investment attractiveness and sustainability.
Currently, the Kazakhstan Energy Ministry, a number of other government agencies, the Unicase Law Firm, and Samruk-Energy JSC are implementing a whole range of measures aimed at improving the conditions for investment projects in hydroelectric power plants construction.
We helped the European largest wind power plant manufacturer, a Danish company Vestas, on entering the Kazakhstan market and starting a large-scale investment programme.
Unicase proved its effectiveness in reviewing, amending, and developing national legislation and regulations for heat supply, including taxation and heat tariffs.
Sustainable energy supply affects the local energy market and regulation, wind and solar power generation, power transmission and distribution grids, energy storage and sustainable energy use.
We completed a comprehensive review of existing national legislation and regulations which govern geothermal energy utilisation in Kazakhstan.
Being current on market developments, we advised a Chinese Investment Fund and a Leading Chinese Law Firm on a wide range of subsoil use operations regulatory matters, state approvals, land, and environmental legal issues, to support the Fund in its investments into a large hydrocarbon mine in Kazakhstan.
We rendered full legal support to Zhetysu Wolfram LLP, carrying out mining operations on the Boguty deposit and producing the highest quality tungsten concentrate.
We ran a due diligence on the Client company and issued a legal opinion on the financing to be provided by the Kazakhstan Development Bank for a 50 MW wind power plant.
Our Experts supported the second largest renewable energy corporation in the world during acquisition and project development of a 206 MW wind farm project.
The Unicase Team made a comprehensive analysis of electricity tariff formation and balancing electricity services for regulating the capacity of large and small hydroelectric power plants in Kazakhstan.
We advised a global leader in electricity supply machinery and hardware on the first-ever auction in Kazakhstan for the construction of regulated energy generation facilities. 
The Team provided legal services to the country's largest gas pipeline owner, which is the only route for gas exports from Kazakhstan to China.
We provided the Client with legal advisory services within a pilot project on building and operating a 100-megawatt solar power plant, based on a private bilateral sleeved PPA mechanism.
We assisted the international corporation in reviewing, amending, and developing the existing national legislation and regulations of the RES, including taxation and auctions.
Unicase provided consultancy services to a Chinese the oil and gas company as part of a consortium of transborder companies for the construction of a comprehensive gas production project with an estimated value of 500 million USD
Unicase team provides comprehensive legal support for the investment project of Almaty Power Plants JSC, a subsidiary of Samruk-Energy JSC which holds 100% of the company's stocks, on modernise Almaty TPP-2 with a focus on minimising the environmental impact.
Unicase provides legal services in the framework of an energy capacity building project for competitive procurement in the hydropower industry in the Republic of Uzbekistan.