WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan starts power system modernization, beef raising development
March 16. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Kazakhstan begins power system modernization. National companies are getting ready for the People’s IPO. Beef raising program is being successfully implemented.
On Sunday, March 11 Environment Minister N. Kapparov paid a visit to West Kazakhstan region. He surveyed Kazzink, Ulbinsky metallurgic works, Ust Kamenogorsk titanium and magnesium works and environmental safety centre.
The Minister also held a meeting to discuss the regional environmental situation.
1st Deputy Premier of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov arrived for a working visit in Pavlodar on Monday. Kelimbetov visited the large Data Centre being created in the city as an international corporate e-data processing centre, also the Astana ice stadium and other social facilities.
Pursuant to the realization of the tasks set in the annual State-of-the-Nation Address, Kelimbetov held a meeting with the reps of local executive agencies. Governor of the region Yerlan Aryn made a report on the regional development priorities in 2012.
Economic Development and Trade Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev also attended the meeting.
On March 12 Kazakh Minister of Transport and Communications Askar Zhumagaliyev made a working trip to Zhambyl region.
The Minister visited transport and communication facilities, including a railway station, an airport, public service centers. He surveyed the progress of preparation of contacting companies, building “Western Europe – Western China” highway, for the construction season.
Zhumagaliyev and Akim of Zhambyl region Kanat Bozumbayev signed an action plan on the development of the transport and communication complex of the region.
On Wednesday the Government convened for the meeting in Astana. Kazakh Minister of Industry and New Technologies Aset Issekeshev presented a new concept of electric power industry development till 2020 with the perspective to 2030.
According to him, this concept provides for increase in coal production up to 150 million tons a year, annual electricity generation up to 150.2 billion kW/h. Due to the measures set in the concept energy consumption will reach 144.7 billion kW/h in 2030. For the development of electric power industry till 2030 it is necessary to invest KZT 9.5 trillion,” he said.According to him, KZT 5.5 trillion is necessary for generation, KZT 1.4 trillion for national electrical networks and KZT 2.5 trillion for the country’s electricity distribution companies.
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov charged to conduct geological exploration of slate gas deposits.
According to Aset Issekeshev, the point at issue is the possibility to use slate gas as fuel material. It is a promising new trend which is being developed in the US. Therefore, we will explore, study these technologies.
At the Government meeting 1st Vice Premier of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov suggested settling this year all issues concerning the construction of an atomic power plant.
“According to the electrical power system development program the atomic power plant energy should make 4.5% of the total electric power generated in the country. Therefore, we have to settle this issue this year,” Akhmetov said.
As Minister Aset Issekeshev told after the meeting, Kazakhstan has not yet made a decision on the atomic power plant construction, though the country hasn’t refuse nuclear power.
The same day 1st Vice Premier Serik Akhmetov arrived for a one-day visit in Zhambyl region. Akhmetov surveyed the progress of reconstruction of the West Europe-West China international transit corridor, Taraz metal plant and Amangeldy hothouse facility.
Governor of the region Kanat Bozumbayev informed the 1st Vice Premier of the preparations for the new stage of construction works. About KZT 60.9 bln was disbursed in Zhambyl region since the beginning of the project. Out of 70% contracting organizations working at the Zhambyl section are Kazakhstan-base companies. Kazakh content reached 86% of the work.
This year the region plans to put into operation 185 km of roads.
Besides, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov visited Aktobe region on Wednesday.
The purpose of his visit was to check the implementation of the Kazakh President’s instructions outlined in his State-of-the-Nation Address “Social and Economic Modernization – the Main Vector of the Development of Kazakhstan.”
In the morning, Kelimbetov visited “Akzhar-2 substation, which is under construction. Commissioning of a new substation will relieve the load from the existing substation “Aktobe” and will be a key distribution and dispatching unit of the entire Aktobe power system.
Then, the Vice Premier visited the Aktobe Ferroalloys Plant, where he got acquainted with the construction of a new ferroalloy plant. Construction of the plant is included into the Kazakhstan’s Map of Industrialization, commissioning is scheduled for next year. As a result, the project will significantly reduce production costs and increase production of commercial high-carbon ferrochrome, including increasing the export potential for the production of these products by 16 percent.
In addition, Kelimbetov surveyed the construction of the multifield hospital. The estimated cost of the hospital is more than KZT 11 billion.
Afterwards, he met with the representatives of the local executive bodies to discuss the progress of realization of the President’s Address.
On Thursday, Agriculture Minister A. Mamytbekov told the Government meeting that it is planned to channel KZT 95.8 bln into spring sowing campaign in 2012. it is expected to set up 20,000 cattle fattening units and purchase 42,000 of beef cattle.
1st Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov held on March 15 a meeting on the issues regarding Zhanaozen town.
“The Government has taken measures to address priority social and economic problems of the town, ensure employment for a long term,” Akhmetov stated.
He reminded that JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production employed about 2 000 people in its two newly launched service enterprises and allocated additional KZT 20 billion for the enterprises’ equipment.
Akhmetov assured that all measures under the 2012-2020 comprehensive plan of Zhanaozen social and economic development would be implemented on time.
“Kazakhstan is expected to export up to 15 mln tons of grain this marketing year,” executive secretary of the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry Eugenie Aman told on Friday, a press conference following the media tour for Astana journalists.
“I would like to specify the marketing year is July 2011 – July 2012. We plan to ship another 6-7 mln tons until the next harvest. This marketing year we expect to export up to 15 mln tons of grain, Aman said. Since the beginning of the marketing new year, since July 1, 2011 up to present Kazakhstan has already shipped about 7.5 mln tons of grain,” he added.