Collaboration on Kazakhstan's first pumped storage power plant project discussed by Samruk-Energy and CCCC

“Samruk-Energy” JSC Chairman of the Board, Kairat Maxutov, and General Director of Chinese company CCCC, Chairman of the Board Wang Haihuai, discussed the next steps for the implementation of Kazakhstan's first pumped storage power plant (PSPP) project. 

The parties acknowledged the progress achieved as a result of bilateral negotiations. Previously, on July 2, 2024, an Agreement on Cooperation for the construction of the PSPP in Kazakhstan was signed within the framework of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council. 

During the meeting, it was decided to form a working group and develop a detailed roadmap for the project. 

The Chinese side presented a video highlighting the features and advantages of operating a pumped storage power plant. Additionally, Wang Haihuai invited the head of Samruk-Energy to visit major PSPPs in China built by CCCC. 

 

Agreement signed for construction of Kazakhstan's first pumped storage power plant by Samruk-Energy

On the sidelines of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council, an Agreement on Cooperation was signed for the construction of Kazakhstan's first pumped storage hydro power plant (PSH). 

 Samruk-Energy JSC and China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) have agreed to collaborate on the development and implementation of the PSH project. Specifically, CWE intends to conduct a feasibility study of the project, including an analysis of Kazakhstan's hydroelectric potential. 

The agreement, signed by both parties, reaffirms their intention to further cooperation and strengthen mutually beneficial partnership for the implementation of this breakthrough project in the country's energy sector. 

China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) is a Chinese international corporation specializing in water management and energy, focusing on the construction of hydroelectric facilities. 

A pumped storage hydro power plant (PSH) is used for electricity generation, energy storage, and smoothing out the daily variations in electrical load schedules. 

 

New Head appointed at AlmatyEnergoSbyt

Gulzhan Islamova has been appointed as the General Director of "AlmatyEnergoSbyt" LLP by the decision of "Samruk-Energy" JSC Board of Directors. The former head of the company, Yedil Kopenov, has left the position to take up another role within Samruk-Energy group of companies. 

 

The new General Director was introduced to the staff of  "AlmatyEnergoSbyt" LLP by the Managing Director for GR, Development, and IT of  "Samruk-Energy" JSC, Elena Ivchenko. 

 

Gulzhan Islamova graduated from the Zhetysu Economic Institute with a degree in Accounting and Audit. She began her career in 2009 as an operator at the district sales office in Almaty for LLP "AlmatyEnergoSbyt". 

 

Over the years, she has worked as a leading specialist, chief specialist of the sales service for the Almaty region, and chief specialist of the central sales and energy resources supply service. 

 

From 2015 to 2023, she served as the head of district energy sales offices No. 4, No. 3, and No. 7 in Almaty. 

 

Prior to her appointment as General Director, Gulzhan Islamova was the Managing Director for Sales at "AlmatyEnergoSbyt" LLP. 

More than 2 bn. tenge has been saved by Samruk-Energy through increased energy efficiency. 

 Implementation of energy efficiency activities within Samruk-Energy group of companies in 2023 resulted in savings of 2.1 billion tenge (against a plan of 1.4 billion tenge). Energy conservation and efficiency enhancement are top priorities in the company's energy policy. 

 

Samruk-Energy has developed and implemented a program aimed at energy conservation and efficiency improvement by reducing energy consumption and eliminating inefficient use of fuel and energy resources. 

 

Given the significant share of coal-fired thermal power stations in overall electricity and heat production, Samruk-Energy places great emphasis on modernizing electrical equipment and implementing initiatives aimed at energy conservation and efficiency improvement. 

 

In 2023, 61 measures were implemented to reduce energy resource consumption and minimize environmental impact. Key initiatives included extending the operational time of power units with turbine-driven feed pumps (TFP) from the fourth extraction stage, cleaning the condenser tube system of TFP (ESDPP-1 LLP, ESDPP-2 JSC), replacing heating surfaces in boiler units (ESDPP-2 JSC), converting lighting to LED fixtures (BK LLP), and disconnecting transformers at substations with seasonal loads of 35-10 kV and below (AZhC JSC). 

 

At ESDPP-2, measures were taken to seal the boiler gas passage. Notably, the air excess coefficient is a critical operational factor determining fuel efficiency and overall boiler performance. 

 

Repair works at Alatau Zharyq Company are proceeding according to schedule.

The Territorial Department of the Committee for Atomic and Energy Supervision and Control of Almaty Region has inspected the progress of repair works at Alatau Zharyq Company. 

 

As part of monitoring the execution of repair works for the preparation of the 2024-2025 heating season, officials from the Territorial Department of the Committee conducted a site visit to Alatau Zharyq Company, where major repairs were carried out. 

 

This year in Almaty Region, Alatau Zharyq Company has planned major repairs of 123 km of power transmission lines, 7 substations, 124 transformers, and 75 distribution points. The works are being conducted according to the schedule. 

 

Teams from Alatau Zharyq Company engaged in the repair works are fully equipped with vehicles, specialized equipment, and machinery. Personnel is provided with special clothing and personal protective equipment. The workforce consists of 234 individuals and 44 pieces of equipment. 

 

Source: Official website of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan 

Preparation for the heating season in full swing at CHP-2

At Almaty's largest thermal power plant, CHP-2 named after A. Zhakutov, the repair campaign is proceeding at full speed according to the approved schedule. This campaign includes a substantial amount of repair works on the plant’s turbine and boiler units, encompassing ongoing, interim, and major repairs. 

"So far, we have completed current repairs on three turbine units and three boiler units. The personnel of PRE 'EnergoRemont' have successfully repaired two boiler units, three turbine units, and five transformers. Specifically, on boiler unit No. 2, we conducted repairs that included replacing sections of the heating surfaces and plates on the reinforced concrete gas ducts", said Abzal Zhakypbayev, the chief engineer of the plant. 

Currently, repairs are underway on two boiler units and one turbine unit. By the end of the repair campaign, additional work is planned on three more boiler units and one turbine unit. These efforts aim to enhance the reliability of CHP-2's equipment and ensure the stable operation of the plant during the upcoming heating season. 

 

 

 

 

Samruk-Energy has taken over the management of Ekibastuz CHP under a trust agreement.

The transfer was initiated by  Akimat of Ekibastuz city. Samruk-Energy, through its subsidiary Energy Solution Center LLP, will oversee operations at the facility.

Kairat Maxutov, Chairman of the Board at “Samruk-Energy” JSC, conducted a meeting with the plant's management team, introducing Aidarbek Kystaubayev as the General Director of Energy Solution Center LLP along with key deputies responsible for production, finance, and supply.

Samruk-Energy's head highlighted Ekibastuz CHP's plans for this year, which include maintenance works on several power boilers and auxiliary equipment.

After the meeting, Kairat Maxutov provided specific directives to enhance preparations for the upcoming heating season and the scheduled maintenance activities.

Established in 1956, Ekibastuz CHP has an installed electric capacity of 12 MW and a thermal capacity of 750 Gcal/h. The CHP is responsible for fully providing heat to Ekibastuz city.

 

 

 

Samruk-Energy Chairman reviews progress of maintenance activities at ESDPP-1 and Bogatyr Komir

Kairat Maxutov, Chairman of Samruk-Energy, conducted a business trip to Ekibastuz city, overseeing key operations at Ekibastuz SDPP-1 and Bogatyr Komir.

During his visit, Maxutov inspected ongoing maintenance efforts and startup operations at Unit 1 of Ekibastuz SDPP-1. He also chaired a strategic meeting at Bogatyr Komir, focusing on the cyclic-flow technology project, maintenance initiatives, and coal production and shipment schedules.

The visit concluded with specific directives aimed at preparing for the upcoming autumn-winter season and ensuring timely project implementation.

 

 

 

Samruk-Energy, Doosan Enerbility, and KEPCO Plant Service and Engineering sign memorandum

During the state visit of the President of the Republic of Korea to Kazakhstan, “Samruk-Energy” JSC signed a memorandum of understanding with Doosan Enerbility and KEPCO Plant Service and Engineering at the Kazakh-Korean business forum.

The memorandum outlines the parties' intentions to collaborate on projects aimed at cleaning flue gases at Ekibastuz SDPP-1, Ekibastuz SDPP-2, and Almaty Power Plants.

Doosan Enerbility, a South Korean company, specializes in the construction of nuclear power plants, and the production of thermal power plants, turbines, generators, and desalination plants.

KEPCO Plant Service and Engineering, a subsidiary of KEPCO, offers comprehensive solutions for energy enterprises, including diagnostics and performance improvement, as well as the operation and maintenance of power plants.

 

 

 

Meeting held with Inter RAO representatives

Nurlan Zhakupov, Chairman of the Fund's Management Board, met with Sergey Dregval, CEO of PJSC Inter RAO.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the timelines for the construction projects of three combined heat and power plants (CHPs) in Kazakhstan, located in Kokshetau, Semey, and Ust-Kamenogorsk. They also explored ways to expedite the completion of these facilities.

These projects are being implemented under an intergovernmental agreement between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, which was signed on April 17, 2024.

PJSC Inter RAO is an energy company managing assets in Russia as well as in Europe and CIS countries. Its activities include the production and sale of electricity and heat, international energy trading, engineering, and the design and construction of energy facilities.

Head of Samruk-Energy participates in the 64th CIS Electric Power Council meeting

The 64th meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States Electric Power Council (CIS EPC) took place in St. Petersburg, aligned with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The CIS EPC primarily focuses on establishing a unified legal framework for electric power among CIS member states, aiming to enhance and develop regulatory standards.

The objective of the CIS EPC is to promote collaborative and coordinated efforts among CIS member states in the electric power sector. This collaboration is crucial to ensuring a stable and reliable power supply for both the economies and populations of the member states, facilitated by the effective integration of their electric power systems.

Key attendees included Kazakhstan's Minister of Energy Satkaliyev A.M., Russia's Minister of Energy Tsivilev S.E., various Ministers and Deputy Ministers from CIS countries, Chairman of the Management Board of JSC Samruk-Energy Maxutov K.B., Chairman of the CIS EPC Executive Committee Kupchikov T.V., CIS Deputy Secretary General Trefilov D.A., and representatives from Inter RAO, Rosatom, RusHydro, among others.

The meeting addressed the election of the President of the CIS Electric Power Council and featured thematic reports on several critical and relevant topics, including:

- Modern trends in power industry and the benefits of integration, highlighting industrial potential.

- Current developments in energy supply for large cities and urban agglomerations.

- The potential of nuclear energy in meeting climate commitments of countries and companies, and the advancement of production chains.

- Research on the absorption capacity of hydroelectric power station reservoirs, and the implementation of the STO organization standard "System for assessing the compliance of operated hydropower facilities with sustainable development criteria" across CIS countries.

- Identification, assessment, and adaptation measures for climate risks.

At the conclusion of the meeting, participants endorsed the decision to convene the next 65th meeting of the CIS EPC in December 2024.