Almaty-3 power station

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Almaty-3 power station (also known as АО "АлЭС" Алматинская ТЭЦ-3 and Almaty State Regional Power Station) is a 173-megawatt (MW) coal-fired combined heat and power station in Otegen Batyr area of Almaty, Kazakhstan.[1][2]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Otegen Batyr, Ile district, Almaty Region, Kazakhstan.

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The Almaty-3 power station is owned and operated by JSC Almaty Power Plants, which is fully owned by Samruk-Energy. Samruk-Enregy belongs to the National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan Samruk-Kazyna. Almaty Power Plants also includes Almaty-1 power station and Almaty-2 power station.[3]

Almaty-2 power station and Almaty-3 power station burn about 3 million tons of coal per year. The only fuel supplier is Bogatyr-Komir LLP. The organization is divided equally between the Kazakh Samruk-Energo JSC and the Russian company Rusal, which in turn is controlled by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.[4]

The only supplier of natural gas in the region is KazTransGas Aimak JSC. The chain of ownership of the company leads to the Government of Kazakhstan. "KazTransGas Aimak" is 100% owned by JSC "KazMunayGas", which is divided between the National Welfare Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" (90%) and the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (10% + 1 share).[4]

Coal ash waste

In 2018, the company announced an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public hearings related to the reconstruction and expansion of the ash dump at the power station.[5]

Conversion to gas

In September 2017, the company was instructed to prepare proposals to convert certain power stations to gas. For Almaty-3, the development of a feasibility study for a new 400-450 MW gas unit was planned to be completed by the end of 2021.[6][7]

The project will include a combined cycle unit 450 MW that would replace the four coal-fired units.[6][8] Construction was expected to begin in 2022 and the unit was expected to be commissioned by 2024.[8] As of December 2021, the development of a feasibility study for the project was under development and was expected to be approved by the government by Q2 of 2022.[8] As of April 2022, the feasibility study was still under development and not yet submitted for review.[9][10] It was approved in October 2022.[11]

In February 2022, a memorandum with a plan to finance the project was signed with the Eurasian Bank of Development.[11]

Tenders for the construction were planned to be launched in Q4 2022 (as of November 2022).[11] Construction has not started as previously planned in 2022, so there may be delays to the project's schedule to commission the gas-fired units by 2024.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: JSC "Almaty Power Plants" (JSC "AlES")[12]
  • Parent company: Samruk-Kazyna SWF JSC[13][14]
  • Location: Otegen Batyr, Ile district, Almaty Region, Kazakhstan
  • Coordinates: 43.4242, 77.0067 (exact)[15]
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Ekibastuz coal basin[16]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 173 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 41 MW (start-up in 1962)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 41 MW (start-up in 1962)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired subcritical, 41 MW (start-up in 1964)
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 50 MW (start-up in 1965)
  • Gross generating capacity (pre-construction): 450 MW
  • Financing: Eurasian Bank of Development (tentative for the gas unit)[11]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Almaty CHP-3," Wikipedia, last updated May 22, 2018
  2. "Алматинские электрические станции. О компании". Retrieved Nov 9, 2021.
  3. "АЛМАТИНСКАЯ ТЭЦ-3," АО «АлЭС», accessed June 11, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Все ждут перевода алматинских ТЭЦ на газ. Поможет ли это экологии и кто будет платить?". (in русский). Retrieved 2022-12-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Глава «Самрук-Энерго»: Алматинская ТЭЦ-2 снизит выбросы в несколько раз," Tag News, April 26, 2021
  7. "Самрук-Энерго переведет на газ все свои ТЭЦ в г. Алматы," Energy Base, October 13, 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Газификацию ТЭЦ-3 в Алматы профинансирует ЕАБР". Dec 2, 2021. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "ТЭЦ-3: образец смелых решений и надёжный актив". DKN World News. Mar 11, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  10. "Департамент экологии Алматы о газификации ТЭЦ: Если так будем работать, то не успеем". Apr 6, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 InterCommunication. "Информация по инвестиционным проектам АО «АлЭС» - АО "Алматинские электрические станции"". (in русский). Retrieved 2022-11-14.
  12. ИСТОРИЯ РАЗВИТИЯ КОМПАНИИ, Almaty power plants, accessed Jun 29, 2021
  13. Transition of Almaty CHP-2 to gas. Most important points in brief, Samruk Energy, Sep 25, 2020
  14. Portfolio Companies, Samruk-Kazyna, accessed Jul 7, 2021
  15. Almaty 3 Coal Power Plant, Industry About, Aug 24, 2016
  16. "Казахстан переведет Алматинскую ТЭЦ-2 на газ к 2025 г." Nov 18, 2020. Retrieved Nov 10, 2021.
  17. "ТЭЦ-3: образец смелых решений и надёжный актив". DKN World News. Mar 11, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  18. В Самрук-Энерго подвели итоги 2020 года и рассказали о перспективных проектах в энергетике, Samruk Energy, Feb 9, 2021