Government reviews progress of preparations for heating season

At the government session chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, the results of the heating season and the progress of preparations for the upcoming autumn-winter period were considered.

Minister of Energy Nurlan Nogayev, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Beibut Atamkulov, Akim of the Karaganda region Zhenis Kassymbek, and Akim of Turkistan region Umirzak Shukeyev presented their reports.

The heating period for 2020-2021, in general, passed as usual. 121 technological violations were noted. There were 44 cases of non-compliance with the temperature schedule of heating networks, which is 8% less than last year.

In preparation for the upcoming autumn-winter period in the country, it is planned to repair 8 power units, 48 ​​boilers, 49 turbines, 20,458 km of power lines, 441 high-voltage substations, as well as to ensure the availability of coal on the market for the utility sector and the population.

The Head of Government instructed the regional akimats to prepare qualitatively for the upcoming heating season — to approve by June 1, plans of measures for the preparation of housing and communal services, housing and social services, by Sep. 1 — to ensure the full readiness of educational facilities, by Oct. 15 — full readiness of all engineering infrastructure, housing and communal services, housing and health care, taking into account the weather conditions in the northern and eastern regions.

The Prime Minister noted the need to take measures to reduce the accounts receivable of consumers for utilities and to pay off the existing debts of energy producing organizations to fuel suppliers.

The Ministry of Industry, together with akimats, was instructed to organize work on the advance provision of the necessary volumes of coal for the population, fuel for thermal power plants and boiler houses, as well as carry out information and explanatory work on the sale of coal to the residents of the country.

“The Agency for the Protection and Development of Competition, together with the akimats, needs to take special control of the price of coal and take measures to prevent an unjustified rise in prices for fuel, especially coal for the population,” Mamin said.

The Ministries of Energy, Industry and Infrastructure Development have been instructed to ensure effective control and monitoring of the preparations for the upcoming heating season.

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