Kanat Bozumbayev reported on plans for the construction of the 4th oil refinery. According to the Minister of Energy, a working group has been set up to work out options for constructing an oil refinery, financing it, timing, negotiations with potential investors. The corresponding Roadmap will be developed and presented at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on February 15 this year.
Speaking about the implementation of gas-chemical projects, the Minister noted that the Samruk-Kazyna Fund is implementing two large gas-chemical projects for the production of polypropylene and polyethylene with a total cost of $9 billion, which receive systemic state support measures.
On the first project — the production of polypropylene with a capacity of 500 thousand tons a year — the issues of supplying raw materials were solved, barriers to the procedures for attracting foreign labor, the application of international standards in the design and construction were reduced at the legislative level.
At the end of 2016, the EPC contract was concluded with the Chinese company CNCEC, in 2017, the design specifications and estimates were developed and the general contractor was notified about the commencement of construction work.
To build the infrastructure of the petrochemical SEZ (in Atyrau), 110.7 billion tenge was allocated. Today, detailed engineering is being carried out for the project, long-term equipment is being prepared for the order. In 2018, Samruk-Kazyna plans to start pile and foundation works, as well as laying underground engineering networks. The construction completion is planned for 2021.
Regarding the second project for the production of polyethylene with a capacity of 1 250.0 thousand tons per year and costing $6.5 billion, on 7 February, the strategic partner Borealis (Austria) presented the results of preliminary feasibility studies, noted the terms of priority measures such as the signing in March of a memorandum with Government of Kazakhstan. In the same month, it is planned to set up a joint company to start the feasibility study. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
"For gasification of Astana, central and northern regions, KazTransGas has developed a feasibility study for the Saryarka Gas Trunkline Project. There is a positive expert opinion. Currently, the issue of financing the project is being worked through borrowing from the EBRD," Kanat Bozumbayev reported.
In this regard, an interdepartmental working group is being formed with the participation of representatives of the Ministries of National Economy, Finance, the akimat of Astana, Samruk-Kazyna, KazMunaiGas, KazTransGas, to determine the conditions and financing scheme for the Saryarka Gas Trunkline Project.
Socio-economic effect of the project:
- the transfer of 192 private boiler houses, 48 small communal boiler houses, private residential sector (about 22 thousand yards) to gas, and water-heating boilers of CHP-1,3 from diesel fuel to gas in Astana;
- the improvement of the ecological situation in Astana, according to the estimation of emission reduction by 34.6 thousand tons/year.
In addition, along the main gas pipeline route, there will be an opportunity for the development of infrastructure, as well as for the creation of new industries using natural gas.
Kanat Bozumbayev noted that in 2018, work will be carried out to further reduce the maximum tariffs for electricity.
"The Ministry is forming an interdepartmental working group with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of National Economy, other interested bodies and the Atameken NCE in order to review the maximum tariffs for electricity," the Minister said.
Kanat Bozumbayev reported on the situation of providing coal to the population.
According to operational data, from the beginning of 2018, 12.7 million tons of coal were produced, which is 96.8% against the same period of last year (13,136.4 thousand tons).
From the beginning of 2018, coal-mining enterprises shipped:
- to electric stations — 7.3 million tons of coal.
- for public utilities and the population — 1.2 million tons of coal.
- for export — 3 million tons of coal.
"In order to establish systematic work on coal supply to local executive bodies, it is necessary to carry out daily monitoring of coal supply, sales and balances at the points of sale and on a daily basis to submit information to the Ministry of Energy in a special form. Further, on a weekly basis, information will be sent to the Government," Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev summarized.