Due to the expected shortage of electricity, Kazakhstan turned to PJSC Inter RAO with a request to start commercial electricity supplies to the country. This was announced during a telephone conference with analysts by a member of the board of the company Oleksandra Panina, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.
According to her, the issue is commercial supplies, and Inter RAO is ready to supply "substantial volumes," Panina said.
Earlier in November, Inter RAO announced that it was discussing the possibility of commercial electricity supplies to Kazakhstan. The capacity deficit in the country this winter may peak at up to 600 MW, and in the future, it may reach 1 GW.
Panina explained that miners, as well as outdated energy capacities, had become a big problem for Kazakhstan.
In October, Russian Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov said that the Russian department was concerned about an unscheduled flow with Kazakhstan of 1-1.5 GW per day, including due to the mining of cryptocurrency.
“This affects the work of our power plants, because they are used, firstly, in inefficient modes, secondly, we often have to quickly turn them on,” Shulginov said.
He stressed that the situation was complicated by the high accident rate of generating equipment in Kazakhstan.
Inter RAO is a diversified energy holding company that manages assets in Russia, as well as in Europe and the CIS. The company is also the only Russian electricity export-import operator. The total capacity of the holding's power plants at the end of 2020 was 31.1 GW.