USTDA awards $1.8 mln grants to improve maritime safety and energy security in Kazakhstan
September 23. KAZINFORM
On September 24, U.S. Charge d’affaires a.i. Pamela Spratlen will announce the signing of three grant agreements by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to improve maritime safety and energy security in Kazakhstan.
Also participating in the press event will be Serik Ospanov, First Vice President of the Kazakhstan Electric Grid Operating Company (KEGOC), Talgat Abylgazin, Director of the Aktau International Commercial Seaport, and Kairiden Nurkenov, Deputy Chief of the Transportation Committee at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
USTDA currently sponsors six projects in Kazakhstan, totaling $3.1 million.
USTDA Technical Assistance. On September 1, USTDA awarded a $388,959 grant to the Port of Aktau for a feasibility study for a maritime safety coordination center and a vessel traffic management system. On September 20, USTDA signed a grant agreement for $988,004 with the Kazakhstan Electric Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) to fund a feasibility study for two new power transmission lines and awarded a separate grant to KEGOC for $392,436 to help it evaluate the technical, economic, and financial feasibility of monitoring and diagnostic equipment.
Reverse Trade Mission. USTDA is also organizing several reverse trade missions for Kazakhstani officials to view the latest in U.S. technologies, equipment and services that could help Kazakhstan meet its ambitious smart grid and energy efficiency goals.