Kazakh government discusses thermal power plant construction progress

Kazakh government discusses thermal power plant construction progress

Kazakhstan has signed a contract with a Russian energy company for the construction of three thermal power plants, as announced by First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar during a government briefing. He stated that Russian technologies and investor funds will be used for the construction of energy facilities in Kokshetau, Oskemen, and Semei. The invested funds will be returned through a tariff to be approved by the Committee for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies. Sklyar underscored that funds from the Unified Accumulative Pension Fund (UAPF) will not be used for construction purposes. Currently, the technical and economic justification for these thermal power plants is being developed, with an allocation of 350 billion tenge for these projects.

“I want to emphasize the transition from coal to gas. Once gas becomes available in Kokshetau, these coal power stations, like in Astana, will also switch to gas. We are working towards decarbonization by 2060. The first station will be built in Kokshetau. We are already fully prepared, with the technical and economic justification in place. Following that, construction is planned in Semei and Oskemen,” Sklyar said.