Ust-Kamenogorsk TETS power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ust-Kamenogorsk TETS power station (also known as Усть-Каменогорская ТЭЦ and AES Ust-Kamenogorsk) is a 372.5-megawatt (MW) coal-fired combined heat and power station in Oskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk), East Kazakhstan Region, Kazakhstan.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Oskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk), East Kazakhstan Region, Kazakhstan.

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The Ust-Kamenogorsk TETS power station was launched in 1947. In 1997, it was among a set of power plants partially transferred to American power corporation AES. In April 2017, AES sold Ust-Kamenogorsk to the Kazakh company Kazakhstan Utilities Systems.[1][2]

The power station is the largest electricity producer in the East Kazakhstan region, with over 500 people working at the station. It supplies heat energy to large industrial enterprises, particularly, the Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead and Zinc Combine[1], and covers 80% of the city's housing and utilities sector load. A new turbine, Unit 12, was put into operation in November 2016 and has a capacity of 120 MW.[3]

The industrial city is plagued by emissions, including from the thermal power plant.[4]

Proposed conversion to gas

There is a public interest and media discussion about converting this plant to gas, but no concrete government or company plans to do so as of November 2021.[5][6] Conversion of the plant to gas would first require construction on a new gas pipeline which would connect to Ust-Kamenogorsk.[7] In November 2021, the government of Kazakhstan was negotiating with Russia on the subject of gasification of the east of Kazakhstan but no specific plans were released to the public.[8]

According to an article from February 2022, conversion of this plant to gas was considered technically impossible by experts, since there is currently no gas pipeline in the area and one is not expected to be constructed, and the new equipment would not fit into the existing facility: considering that the enterprise is located in the middle of dense buildings of the industrial zone, it has nowhere to expand. It is considered to be easier and more cost-effective to build a new power plant than to rebuild an old one. Nurlan Ramazanov, Deputy Head of the Energy and Housing Department of the East Kazakhstan region stated that in order to build a new gas power plant, the country's gasification scheme would need to be updated; there are two options for the gas delivery - one from the South of Kazakhstan and the other one from Russia.[9]

Since a thermal energy shortage is likely to occur in Ust-Kamenogorsk in the near future, there is currently a plan to install an additional new coal-fired boiler. [9] In January 2022, Rusatom Service JSC, a subsidiary of Rosatom, and Ust-Kamenogorsk CHP LLP signed an agreement to expand the Ust-Kamenogorsk power plant, which includes the construction of a new coal-fired boiler unit and work to upgrade auxiliary systems on a turnkey basis. This construction is expected to be completed by Q2 of 2025.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kazakhstan Communal Systems
  • Parent company: Ordabasy Corporation
  • Location: Oskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk), East Kazakhstan Region, Kazakhstan
  • Coordinates: 49.9830, 82.6143 (exact)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Karazhyra coal mine (Каражыра)[7]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 308 MW
    • Unit 9: Coal-fired subcritical, 38 MW (start-up in 1967)
    • Unit 10: Coal-fired subcritical, 50 MW (start-up in 1966)
    • Unit 11: Coal-fired subcritical, 100 MW (start-up in 1970)
    • Unit 12: Coal-fired subcritical, 120 MW (start-up in 1993)
    • (Units 4-8: approximately 3.5 MW, 9 MW, 8 MW, 8 MW, 25 MW - start-ups between 1951 to 1959)
  • Gross generating capacity (announced): 308 MW
    • Units 10-12: Natural gas-fired, unknown technology with CHP[11], 308 MW (start-up year not found)[5][6][7]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Усть-Каменогорская ТЭЦ," Wikipedia, December 7, 2020
  2. "Динмухамет Идрисов увеличивает энергетические активы," Forbes, April 18, 2017
  3. "Kazakhstan Utility Systems LLP has acquired Ust-Kamenogorsk CHP and Sogra CHP," Kazakhstan Utility Systems, April 8, 2017
  4. "«У вас же в Алматы еще хуже». Как задыхается Усть-Каменогорск," vlast, October 12, 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 "С мечтой о газе". Jun 20, 2019. Retrieved Nov 22, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "В ВКО рассматривают проект газификации региона". Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Усть-Каменогорская ТЭЦ просит о повышении тарифа". Ustinka Live. Nov 19, 2020. Retrieved Nov 22, 2021.
  8. "Минэнерго ведет переговоры об участии России в газификации востока Казахстана". Nov 18, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Дефицит тепловой энергии может возникнуть в Усть-Каменогорске". Feb 22, 2022. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  10. ""Дочка" Росатома модернизирует и расширит ТЭЦ в Усть-Каменогорске". Jan 27, 2022. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  11. "Обзор рынка электроэнергии Казахстана" (PDF). Halyk Research. Aug 21, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2022.