A.Zhakutov CHPP-2: a visiting meeting of the public council of the Samruk-Kazyna foundation was held

On April 21, 2023, the first visiting meeting of the Foundation's Public Council was held under the chairmanship of Bolat Zhamishev. The participants discussed the work of Samruk-Energo JSC and the problems associated with the shortage of electric power in Kazakhstan. The meeting was held in an open format and attracted a lot of public and media attention.

Chairman of the Board of JSC "Samruk-Energo" Serik Tyutebayev spoke at the meeting and noted that Kazakhstan has exhausted the safety margin of power plants. He stressed that by 2029, a shortage of electric power over 3 GW is expected, as energy consumption in the country is constantly growing. Over the past five years, it has grown by 9.4%. The increased load on the worn-out equipment of existing thermal power plants leads to frequent accidents, such as in Ekibastuz, Rudny, Ridder, Temirtau. New power generation facilities are being launched, but at a much slower rate due to lack of funding and low tariffs.

According to the head of the energy holding, the policy of restraining tariffs leads to losses for thermal energy producers. For example, the Almaty company "AlES" over the past 5 years, it amounted to about 6 billion tenge. Often power plants have nothing to pay for coal, from which electricity is produced. The total debt of energy-producing organizations of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Bogatyr Komir LLP is about 6.4 billion tenge. In addition, due to the foreign policy situation, the prices of equipment have additionally increased. For example, the pipe for steam boilers and pipelines has risen in price by 3.5 times in two years.

Underfunding of energy facilities ultimately leads to the degradation of the industry and the inability to meet the energy needs of the economy. The electric power holding solves the problem by modernizing existing and building new power plants. Major projects are being implemented in Almaty and Ekibastuz.

– It is planned to start construction of a new gas power plant at the site of Almaty CHPP-2 in August 2023. The contractor for the supply of equipment and the construction of the station will be determined in the second quarter of this year, – said Dauren Sagidulla, Managing Director for Investment Projects of JSC AlES.