Kazakhstan will switch to a new model of the electricity market from July 1, 2023. I reported about it. O. Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov, LS reports.
He explained that the new model will work on the basis of a single buyer mechanism and a balancing electricity market.
According to the head of the department, this will make it possible to meet the medium-term demand for electricity through generation commissioning projects. This includes the modernization of existing power plants. Due to this, more than 1.7 thousand MW will be commissioned by 2027.
Also, maneuvering capacities for more than 1.2 thousand MW are being built in Kyzylorda and the Turkestan region. Also, projects are being worked out for the construction of new thermal power plants in Kokshetau and Semey.
In addition, work is underway on the construction of blocks No. 3-4 of the Ekibastuz GRES-2 and the modernization of the Almaty energy complex.
The national power grid is also being reconstructed. In particular, the energy systems of the western and southern zones are being strengthened, the Western zone is joining the Unified Electric Power System (UES).
Akchulakov also spoke about thermal power engineering. He recalled that the relevant draft law is in the Majilis. It provides for a clear delineation of the powers of state bodies for regulation and control in this area.
The rights and obligations of consumers, heat-producing and heat-generating organizations will also be regulated.
In addition, a master plan for the development of the industry and energy efficiency incentives will be introduced.
Earlier, expert Zhakyp Khayrushev expressed to LS the opinion that tariffs for heat and electricity should be reviewed in Kazakhstan.