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Launch of Balkhash thermal power plant might be postponed

We expected the power plant to be launched in 2018. However, with modernization of the already operating power plants and a decrease in consumption, the actual demand for the Balkhash power plant capabilities will be seen around 2022: Vice Minister of Energy.

Launch of Balkhash thermal power plant might be postponed
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New dams on Ili River to preserve water level of Balkhash: Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture

The Committee on Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan is considering construction of nonrigid dams on the Ili River to maintain the water level of Balkhash lake.

New dams on Ili River to preserve water level of Balkhash: Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture
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Kazakhstan wants two nuclear plants instead of one

Two nuclear power plants will possibly be built in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan wants two nuclear plants instead of one
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Yachting Championship on Lake Balkhash

Yacht Racing World Championship will bring more than 60 boats to Balkhash, Kazakhstan.

Yachting Championship on Lake Balkhash
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Construction of Kemin-Almaty power line considered impractical

Kazakhstani energy experts have decided that construction of Kemin-Almaty high voltage power line is impractical.

Construction of Kemin-Almaty power line considered impractical
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Cost of constructing Balkhash thermal power plant to be defined by spring 2014

Tengrinews.kz reported earlier that the design capacity of the power plant is 2 640 megawatt.

Cost of constructing Balkhash thermal power plant to be defined by spring 2014
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Kazakhstan and Russian ships take off in Balkhash sailing regatta

Eight crews from Kazakhstan and 11 crews from Russia are taking part in the 8th International Tourist Sailing Regatta Balkhash Cup.

Kazakhstan and Russian ships take off in Balkhash sailing regatta
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Kazakhstan’s Senate ratifies agreement on Balkhash thermal power plant

Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Energo [subsidiary of Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund] owns 25% of shares plus one share, with South Korea’s Samsung owning 75% minus one share.

Kazakhstan’s Senate ratifies agreement on Balkhash thermal power plant
Satellite picture of Balkhash lake. Photo courtesy of NASA
Balkhash lake might shrink to 10% of its size

Balkhash lake may lose up to 86 percent of its water reserves by 2045, which will mean a huge environmental disaster for Kazakhstan.

Balkhash lake might shrink to 10% of its size
Talgo train. Photo courtesy of railways.kz
Nazarbayev orders a new railway link between Astana and Almaty across Balkhash lake

According to him, this will boost tourism in the area and the distance between Astana and Almaty will be 300-400 km shorter.

Nazarbayev orders a new railway link between Astana and Almaty across Balkhash lake
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Kazakhstan and South Korea Presidents launch construction of the Balkhash thermal plant

Kazakhstan President emphasized that that the coal-fed power plant will be a paragon of environment friendliness.

Kazakhstan and South Korea Presidents launch construction of the Balkhash thermal plant
South Korea President Lee Myung-bak to visit Kazakhstan
South Korea President Lee Myung-bak to visit Kazakhstan

According to the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and South Korea as of the end of 2011 totaled almost $1 billion.

South Korea President Lee Myung-bak to visit Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan finalizes deal to sell 75% in Balkhash thermal power plant to South Korea investors

The initial agreement on the sale of shares was signed March 27, 2012 on President Nazarbayev’s working visit to Seoul.

Kazakhstan finalizes deal to sell 75% in Balkhash thermal power plant to South Korea investors
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Kazakhstan and South Korea to sign a package of agreements on Balkhash thermal plant

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev is to visit South Korea in March 2012.

Kazakhstan and South Korea to sign a package of agreements on Balkhash thermal plant
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Full-scaled work on Balkhash thermal power plant to start in 2013-2014

According to Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Bakhytzhan Dzhaskaliyev, the construction will take at least 5-6 years.

Full-scaled work on Balkhash thermal power plant to start in 2013-2014
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Turan tiger population to be restored

The Ussuri tigers are going to be brought to Kazakhstan in a step to restore the Turan tiger population in 2014-2015.

Turan tiger population to be restored
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