On February 22, 2022, at CHPP-1, in the form of an open meeting, as well as via videoconferencing via the Zoom platform, Public Hearings were held, where the issues of expanding Almaty CHPP-1, with the construction of combined cycle plants with a capacity of 200-250 MW, were discussed.

Thesis about the main aspects related to the implementation of the project.

– The most rational from the point of view of the efficiency of using natural resources and reducing the technogenic load on the city's environment is the option of using gas in the most efficient technologies – gas turbine units. The use of combined cycle technologies, which allow the most efficient use of expensive "clean" fuel for the purpose of generating heat and electricity, is recognized in the world community as the best available technology.

– It is envisaged to replace the existing equipment with new modern gas turbine units with the implementation of a combined cycle, taking into account the best available technologies on natural gas and the possibility of maneuvering, taking into account an increase in the installed capacity of CHPP-1. The installed capacity of CHPP-1 after the reconstruction will be, according to preliminary estimates: electric – 200-250 MW, thermal – 950 Gcal/h, total capacity – 1,355 MW. 

– CHPP-1 for the disposal of industrial effluents, as an alternative to diversion to the city sewer, an evaporation field is provided at the existing ash dump.

– As a result of the expansion of CHPP-1, emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere will almost double compared to the current year 2021. The increase in emissions is associated with an increase in production volume due to the expansion of the plant and an increase in installed electrical capacity. The volume of production will more than double compared to the reporting year 2021: from 2.0 billion kWh to 4.8 billion kWh. At the same time, due to more efficient use of fuel in expansion options, specific emissions of pollutants per ton of fuel burned are reduced from 2.9 kg/ton of fuel equivalent to 2.3 kg/ton of fuel equivalent. 

Public hearings were organized in accordance with the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Rules for holding public hearings and were chaired by a representative of the local executive body, the chief specialist of the efficient ecosystem management service, with the participation of the customer of the project feasibility study (FS) – JSC "AlES", the developer of the feasibility study – JSC ”Institute ”KazNIPIEnergoprom” and the authorized body in the field of environmental protection.