Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek presented the potential of Czech industry and the power industry sector at the Kazakhstan – Czech energy conference today

The potential of Czech industry and the power industry sector was presented at the Kazakhstan-Czech power industry conference

Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek spoke at the Czech-Kazakhstan power industry conference today in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The topic of this conference was the utilisation of Czech experience and the newest technologies for the modernisation of Kazakhstan’s power and heat infrastructure.

On behalf of the Czech Republic, the conference of bilateral negotiations and round table discussions was attended by over thirty entrepreneurs and representatives of major Czech companies and institutions active in the development and manufacturing of technologies for modern power generation and heat generation and the improvement of their environmental friendliness, transmission of energy, promotion of trade, and financing and insurance of technological deliveries. They presented their companies and discussed the potential of Czech enterprises for the modernisation of the power infrastructure in Kazakhstan with representatives of the Kazakhstan government, representatives of districts, major cities and state-owned and private companies active in the power industry in Kazakhstan.

“I am pleased with the interest expressed by the Kazakhstan government, business entities and the public sector in our experience in the field of modernisation and clever solutions for the power industry and heat generation. The Republic of Kazakhstan is a country with an abundance of mineral wealth; it also supplies us with ten per cent of the total volume of crude oil we consume, among others. However, its power industry is based on technologies from the Soviet era of the nineteen sixties and seventies and, unlike our energy mix, 75 per cent of this industry is based on coal. The power and heat generation sector’s need for modernisation and the improvement of its environmental friendliness, new technologies, e.g. cogeneration, and the good reputation of our country in Kazakhstan is therefore an enormous opportunity for Czech producers and exporters. This is why I consider today’s conference, at which a number of our companies very successfully presented themselves, to be a general rehearsal for EXPO 2017,”  Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek stated. He also invited students from Kazakhstan to study at Czech technical universities in his speech.

During the second half of the conference its participants worked in sections devoted to power generation using solid fuels, gas and liquid fuels, green power generation and water, and collaboration between the financial and insurance sectors of both countries during the financing of joint energy projects.

In addition to his attendance at the energy conference, Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek also met with deputy Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Bauchtyzhan Džaksalijev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vasilenko and Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Jerlan Chairov at work meetings.

Tomorrow, Minister Jan Mládek will meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bakytžan Sagintajev. He will also attend the ceremonial signing of the Agreement on the Czech Republic’s Participation in the EXPO 2017 exhibition, he will meet with the Managing Director of EXPO 2017 Akhmetzhan Jessimov and he will also view the progress of work at the construction site of the Czech Republic’s pavilion for EXPO 2017, accompanied by the Commissioner of the Czech display, Jan Krs.

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