Kazakhstan’s power enterprises negotiate for entry to Russian and Belarusian markets
Kazakhstan, Astana, April24 / Trend D.Mukhtarov /
The Pavlodar provincial power generating enterprises situated in the north-east of Kazakhstan are in negotiations to enter the markets of Russia and Belarus, Akim (head) of Pavlodar region Yerlan Aryn said at a government meeting on Tuesday.
"The electric power supply reduced by 4.1 per cent due to the lack of electricity demand. By now we have had all the necessary meetings and talks with heads of energy companies and the issue of electric power export to the Russian Federation is being considered," Yerlan Aryn stated.
He also noted that the course of the negotiations as being very difficult.
"It is clear that we will not be easily granted access to Russia's power market , but there is still some progress within the framework of our cooperation with Omsk and provinces. Additionally, negotiations on electricity deliveries to Belarus are being held with Belenergo at Ekibastuz GRES-1 and Ekibastuz GRES-2," Yerlan Aryn added.
At the same time the head of the region appealed to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov with a request to submit the issue of increasing deliveries of Kazakhstan's oil to Russia for consideration by the Russia-Kazakhstan intergovernmental commission.
"Last year we repeatedly raised the question of considering this issue by the inter-governmental commission in Moscow regarding the increase of coal deliveries from Bogatyr Kormir.
"The problem is that Russian companies are switching to a different production technology and the volume of deliveries from Bogatyr has reduced. Now this issue is being discussed, but we believe that in the future it is necessary to resolve it at the intergovernmental commission level. It is difficult today to hold talks with Russian enterprises on coal. They flatly refuse, including the replacement of coal from other deposits," the akim of Pavlodar province said.