Construction of Desalination Plant near the Kenderli Recreational Zone Agreed
Ozenmunaigas and KMG Engineering (subsidiaries of KazMunaiGas NC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with the Zhanaozen city Akimat.
In compliance with the official instruction of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. A. Mamin dated 18 September 2019, the signed document re-classified the desalination plant construction feasibility study prepared by KMG Engineering to a social project. Accordingly, technical requirements to water quality have been changed to meet the standards of drinking water to be supplied to Zhanaozen population on long-term basis. Desalination plant construction in the area of Kenderly recreational zone, Mangistau region, is planned to be financed by KazMunayGas. The daily capacity is expected to be 50 thousand cubic meters. Currently, Volga drinking water is transported to Zhanaozen from the Kigach River at 2,000 km distance to meet its needs.
As is known, water supply in Mangistau region is a key problem, as the region is located in a semi-desert zone with limited water resources. The Astrakhan-Mangyshlak water pipeline, which is part of the KazMunayGas system, besides oil and gas producing companies, provides the population, industries, municipal and government-funded organizations and agricultural manufacturers with Volga water. However, water consumption is growing as long as population grows and new enterprises emerge, which implied a lack of water pipeline capacity, despite the drinking water supply system enhancement.
In addition, KMG provides water to the region not only through the water pipeline, but with the help of desalination plants as well. Currently, a Karazhanbas desalination plant is under construction, which will release daily at least 17 thousand m3 of Volga water to the region.
KazMunayGas Group, operating its activities in the region of presence and realizing its responsibility, is interested in progressive social and economic development of Mangistau region. Construction of desalination plants will have a positive impact not only on the population of Mangistau region, but Atyrau region as well.