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Minister of Energy calls for enriching the coal mined in Kazakhstan

by February 7, 2018 Market

Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev said that it is necessary to enrich the coal produced in Kazakhstan, since most foreign consumers plan to reduce consumption of this fuel, replacing it with alternative energy sources.

The long-term future of the coal industry in the world is vague. Many countries refuse to provide heat with coal, including such as China and India, � K. Bozumbayev said at a meeting in the Akimat of Ekibastuz during a working visit to Pavlodar region, � The same applies to those countries where our coal is bought today.

An opportunity opened up in 2017 to supply Kazakh coal through Russian ports to far-abroad countries, and not just to neighbors, the Minister said. In particular, large deliveries were made to Japan and Finland. The countries of Southeast Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, for example, Poland are ready to buy Kazakhstan’s coal.

In addition, according to the Minister of Energy, coal has been exported to Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan for many years. Last year more than 1 million tonnes were shipped from Kazakhstan to these countries.

In order to slip into this window, we now need to concentrate on enriching coal, � K. Bozumbayev emphasized. High-quality coal, the Minister said, will also be needed to meet the needs of the domestic market.

It was noted at the meeting that this year the Maikuben West coal mining company will build a dressing plant after feasibility study.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan