Ekibastuz-2 power station

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The Ekibastuz-2 power station (also known as the GRES-2 Power Station or Экибастузская ГРЭС-2) is an existing 1,000-megawatt (MW) thermal power station in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. A new 636 MW unit has been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Ekibastuz.

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The Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station is a coal-fueled power generating station in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. The station has installed capacity of 1,000 MWe, provided by two units of 500 MWe each. The station generates 12% of all Kazakhstan’s electricity; about 3/4 of the energy produced by GRES-2 is exported to Russia.[1] Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Plant is a coal-fueled plant that burns high-ash coal from the nearby Ekibastuz coal basin to generate power.[2]

Ekibastuz-2 was part of a coal-fired complex that included Ekibastuz-1 power station. The construction project was never finished, with only ten of 16 planned power units completed. Only two of the units at the Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station were commissioned (in 1990 and 1993). After that, construction was suspended.[1]

At the end of 2005 a joint venture between INTER RAO UES JSC and Samruk-Energo JSC was established to operate the GRES-2 Power Station. Its shareholders proposed overhauling existing units and building new ones.[1]


In July 2019, Samruk-Kazyna bought Inter Rao's 50% share in the plant, becoming the sole owner.[3]

Expansion & delays

Proposed Unit 3 (500 MW)

Construction of Unit 3 was started in 1990 but later stopped. A 500 MW power unit N3 was then planned to be built in 2008-2009, but also stopped.[4]

In 2010, an agreement to build a third unit at the power plant was reached at a meeting of the Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia,[2] and the agreement was ratified in January 2011. The project was to be 500 MW at a projected cost of US$770 million. The new capacity was to come online by 2013, with all the additional output to be supplied to Russia. The project cost would be co-funded with a US$700 million loan from Vneshekonombank of Russia and the Eurasian Bank of Kazakhstan.[5]

In January 2014, Russia and China signed an agreement to lend US$400 million for construction of a third electric power generation block at the power station, which matched the deal they first ratified in January 2011.[2]

In March 2014, it was reported that the Inter RAO UES (Inter RAO) and Government of Kazakhstan were planning to undertake the 500 MW power plant expansion, with a project start date of mid-2015 and completion date of 2018.[6] Building and installation works on the unit began that year.[7]

Proposed Unit 3 (636 MW)

According to the Samruk Energy website (updated 2018), the new unit would be 636 MW and was planned for 2024.[8]

In April 2018, it was reported that work on the new unit had stalled but resumed in 2018.[9]

However, in June 2021, reporting noted that construction would not begin until 2023, with the expected commissioning date pushed back to December 2025.[10][11]

In Sept 2021, Samruk Energy has published a press release stating that for the period of 2020 and the first half of 2021, within the framework of the implementation of the project, a wide range of preparatory work has been carried out. It included financial and technical audit, refinancing of loan obligations before conclusion of contracts for the adjustment of design estimates, and registration of permits for construction. Additionally, more than 11 tonnes of equipment have so far been delivered to the construction site. Construction has not begun but the project is expected to be commissioned in 2025.[12]


A loan agreement for Unit 3 was closed in July 2010. US$700 million in loans was provided by Vneshekonombank and the Eurasian Bank of Kazakhstan.[5]

In October 2013, a second loan agreement for unit 3 was closed. The China Development Bank agreed to provide a US$400 million loan.[13]

Project Details of proposed expansion

  • Sponsor: JSC Ekibastuzskaya GRES-2
  • Parent company: Samruk-Kazyna
  • Developer:
  • Location: Ekibastuz, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
  • Coordinates: 52.023972, 75.47625 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed[12]
  • Capacity: 636 MW (Unit 3)
  • Type:
  • Start date: 2025
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Ekibastuz coal basin
  • Source of financing: unit 3: US$700 million in debt from Vneshekonombank and the Eurasian Bank of Kazakhstan;[5] US$400 million in debt from the China Development Bank[13]
  • Permits and applications:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Upgrading the Ekibastuz GRES-2 power station and constructing its third power generating unit," Eurasian Development Bank, accessed August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "China and Russia to spend $400 million on Kazakhstan power plant," Tengri News, January 16, 2014
  3. "Samruk-Kazyna to become 100% owner of Ekibastuz-2 power station shares," Samruk-Kazyna, July 24, 2019
  4. "Ekibastuz-2 power plant units plan will be ready soon," New Europe, January 12, 2007
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Kazakh power plant signs $700m financing | News | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  6. "Inter RAO/GoK – Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Plant Upgrade, Kazakhstan," World Construction Network, March 10, 2014.
  7. "2014 Annual Report," Samruk Energy, July 6, 2015
  8. "Expansion and reconstruction of Ekibastuz GRES-2 with installation of power unit No.3," Samruk Energy, accessed May 2017
  9. "Construction of energy block N3 at Ekibastuz GRES-2 resumed," Kaztag, April 6, 2018
  10. "Строительство третьего энергоблока на Экибастузской ГРЭС-2 возобновляется," In Business, June 3, 2021
  11. "Что творится на казахстанском энергетическом долгострое, оставшемся без российских акционеров," Caravan, June 8, 2021
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Сообщение для СМИ" (PDF). Samruk Energy. Sep 14, 2021. Retrieved Nov 17, 2021.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Russian Vnesheconombank attracts loan from China Development Bank for Ekibastuz GRES-2 in Kazakhstan". Trend.Az. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2020-11-16.

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