Karaganda TPS-2 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Karaganda TPS-2 power station (also known as ТЭЦ -3 ТОО "Караганда -Энергоцентр" and ТЭЦ -2 АО "Арселор Миттал Темиртау") is a 435-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Termitau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Termitau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan.

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The Karaganda TPS-2 power station is a captive power plant; its surplus electricity is sold through Kazakhstan’s grid and supplies heat and electricity to the city of Termitau, Kazakhstan. It was originally built by the Rostov branch of the Teploelektroproekt Institute; it first delivered power to consumers in 1973, with its first 100 MW unit.[1] Three units and two decades later, it was sold to the company Ispat-Karmet (now ArcelorMittal Termitau) for $42.53 million USD, on April 17, 1996. The power plant is currently one of the two power-generating facilities owned by ArcelorMittal Termitau JSC; the other is Karaganda TPS-3. Water for cooling the tower is drawn from the Samarkand basin.[1]

On April 21, 2021, the roof of the one of the power plant's buildings caught fire. It was quickly extinguished and no major damage was done.[2]

Pollution Concerns

Citizens in Termitau have raised many concerns about the air pollution coming from both ArcelorMittal power plants. In 2020, the plant emitted around 200 million tons of soot and sulfur dioxide in the city, causing people to complain about black snow and dust.[3][4] There has also been unstable power supplies during the winter. In an effort to address this longstanding issue of air pollution, the Minister of Ecology in Kazakhstan hosted a meeting with the ArcelorMittal company leadership, as well as environmentalists and human rights activists who were demanding improvements to the amount of pollution. A new environmental code from the Kazakhstan government came into effect in the summer of 2021.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: JSC Mittal Steel Termitau
  • Parent company: ArcelorMittal
  • Location: Termitau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
  • Coordinates: 50.0467, 73.0532 (exact)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Domestic (Karaganda basin)[1]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 435 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 100 MW (start-up in 1973)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 100 MW (start-up in 1974)
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired subcritical, 100 MW (start-up in 1975)
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired subcritical, 135 MW (start-up in 1982)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Карагандинская ТЭЦ-2," Wikipedia, last edited May 25, 2021
  2. Rýhy, Azattyq (2020-04-21). "Возможную причину возгорания на крыше ТЭЦ в Темиртау назвали специалисты". rus.azattyq-ruhy.kz (in русский). Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  3. Tukpiev, Zhanat (2021-02-23). "200 тысяч тонн загрязняющих веществ в год выбрасывает "АрселорМиттал Темиртау" – Минэкологии - Новости Казахстана - свежие, актуальные, последние новости об о всем". Kazpravda (in русский). Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Malgazhdarova, Indira (2021-04-22). "Жители Темиртау требуют компенсации за грязный воздух". Newtimes.kz (in русский). Retrieved 2021-06-24.