USTDA Promotes Gas-Fired and Renewable Power in Kazakhstan

On June 30, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Batys Transit joint stock company (BTTR) to support a feasibility study for a gas-fired power plant project in northwest Kazakhstan. The grant will help BTTR determine the technical and financial feasibility of a 25-100 megawatt gas-fired power plant, as well as review options for producing renewable energy.  “We are pleased that this study will address provincial power needs and encourage industrial development in Aktobe Province by assessing the potential of increasing gas-fired and renewable power generation,” said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak.

The Aktobe Province needs additional generation to meet the demand for power in northwestern Kazakhstan.  This project will reduce BTTR’s current purchasing of grid power to replace its line losses and potentially provide additional power to Aktobe’s grid.  The grant was signed by the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Amb. John Ordway, and BTTR’s CEO, Mr. Kurmangazy Ibragimov, at a ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  BTTR, a private sector transmission line operator established in 2005 to address the need for additional power supply in Aktobe Province, was also one of the first successful public-private partnerships in Kazakhstan.

The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded feasibility study will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.  A link to the FBO announcements will be posted to USTDA’s website atwww.ustda.gov.  Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcements.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has worked in Kazakhstan since 1992, partnering with local companies to identify projects that provide the best opportunities for both economic development and economic diversification in cooperation with U.S. firms.

Batys Transit JSC is jointly held by KEGOC (20% of shares) and Mekhenergostroy (80% of shares), a privately-owned Kazakhstan company.