Kazakhstan is expanding the list of products for export. Briquetted coal is conquering the Russian market. The solid fuel produced in Pavlodar is in demand in the Altai, in the Novosibirsk and Omsk regions. This production in Kazakhstan’s industrial zone was established only a year ago. The plant is capable of producing up to 17,000 tonnes of briquetted coal per year. Processing is carried out according to the South Korean technology, the output has a high added value, technologists say. The production has no analogues in the CIS countries.

SHALKAR BAIKENOV, TECHNOLOGIST:

- Coal is first mixed with clay, and then crushed. We have a special crusher. Coal is crushed, turned into dust and, after that, it comes to these presses and we add some water. Briquettes come out from here.

This type of fuel doesn’t produce harmful smoke. At the same time, the round hollow form of the briquette produces heat for eight hours. This is a good solution for regions with a cold climate, and for environment.

VALERY PLOTNIKOV, CUSTOMER:

- I've been buying this product for about four months now and I like it. It is warm at home; the heat is retained for 1.5-2 days. This coal is much better and last longer

The project was implemented by the Republican "Map of Industrialization". They have invested 230 million tenge here at the initial stage. Some more 70 million tenge was allocated this year to expand the production. Half of the funds are private investments.

BAURZHAN ASSANOV, DIRECTOR, COAL BRIQUETTING PLANT:

- We purchased additional equipment from South Korea. We are waiting for the end of the year. We received support from the state. We took a loan with 16% interest rate and 10% of them are subsidized by the government. We are very grateful; it is a very good program to support such small medium-sized businesses as ours.

Briquettes weighing 1.5 and 3 kilograms are convenient for transportation. The unique natural composition allows even using it as an organic fertilizer. The raw materials are extracted from the coal deposits in Maikobe and Shubarkol. These coal reserves will last for more than a hundred years.

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