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Impact of future energy policy on water resources in Kazakhstan

Rivotti, Pedro; Karatayev, Marat; Sobral Mourão, Zenaida; Shah, Nilay; Clarke, Michele; Konadu, D. Dennis

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Pedro Rivotti

Marat Karatayev

Zenaida Sobral Mourão

Nilay Shah

Michele Clarke

D. Dennis Konadu


As part of its strategic economic and social plan, Kazakhstan has a target of increasing the share of renewables and alternative energy sources in power generation to 50% by 2050. This greatly contrasts with the current situation, where around 90% of electricity is produced from fossil fuels. To achieve the target, the introduction of between 600 and 2000 MW of nuclear power is expected by 2030. This would impact water resources, already under stress due to significant losses, heavy reliance on irrigation for agriculture, unevenly distributed surface water, variations in transboundary inflows, amongst others. This study presents an integrated analysis of the water-energy systems in Kazakhstan, to investigate the water resource availability to support such energy system transition.


Rivotti, P., Karatayev, M., Sobral Mourão, Z., Shah, N., Clarke, M., & Konadu, D. D. (2019). Impact of future energy policy on water resources in Kazakhstan. Energy Strategy Reviews, 24, Article 261-267.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 5, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2019
Publication Date 2019-04
Deposit Date May 16, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2019
Print ISSN 2211-467X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Article Number 261-267
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