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29 November 2018
Meeting with Kanat Bozumbayev, Energy Minister

During the meeting, the Minister has reported to the Head of State on the progress in accomplishing the instructions given at the Security Council meeting on November 7 of this year.

 - The ministry is terminating the year with good performance in all areas, including in oil production, power generation, alternative energy sources, geological exploration and working with large investors, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that the responsibility for control over tariff setting is not only on the Ministry of Energy, but also on the Ministry of National Economy.

- Criticism was voiced regarding tariffs for which not only the Ministry of Energy is responsible. The Energy Ministry bears responsibility for electrical power sources and transportation, and the Anti-Monopoly Committee controls secondary distribution and bringing to the consumer, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan noted the key role of the Government in the process of forming and controlling tariffs in the energy services market.

- Every year at a Government meeting, the Ministry of Energy reported on the need for rate reduction. The Prime Minister and the Government have taken no action in this regard. I instruct everyone to deal with that. The whole chain of responsible governmental departments should be under the auspices of the ministry, or the Government itself should coordinate the process, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In turn, Kanat Bozumbayev informed the Head of State on the results of the work carried out on establishing marginal tariffs for the generation of electrical energy at the stations.

- In the first ten days of December, there will be price negotiations, the results of which will determine the tariff for capacity. And in the first ten-day interval, based on that we will approve the marginal tariffs for electric energy. They will be differentiated according to different types of stations. But all of them will be reduced from 5 to 20 percent on average, depending on the type of stations, the Energy Minister said.

During the meeting, it was noted that work was needed on the part of the Committee on regulating natural monopolies, protecting competition and consumer rights under the National Economy Ministry to reduce the tariffs of regional stations and energy supply organizations.

At the end of the meeting, the Head of State approved the Ministry's approaches on tariff regulation in the electricity market and gave a number of specific instructions.


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