On October 4, PMU for Fostering Productive Innovation Project together with the representatives of the Science Committee and the World Bank went to Shymkent, where a formal presentation was held to mark the opening of the first autotransformer with a capacity of 63 MVA of 220 kV voltage class in Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

The high-power autotransformer was designed and manufactured by scientists and engineers of the Kentau Transformer Plant, a part of the Alageum Electric Group, KazRDSI “Energia” JSC and Electrodetal LLP.

This new transformer is a vivid example of successful import substitution in Kazakhstan and will soon distribute electricity to three large districts of Turkestan Oblast: Keles, Sarygash and Maktaral. The transformer was designed by Dr. Sergey Sokolov, Honored Power Engineer of Kazakhstan, who points out that the demand for high-capacity transformers is growing every year, as all substations of Kazakhstan will soon need to be upgraded due to the gradual wear and tear of old equipment built in the 80s of the last century.

The project received grant support in 2017 as part of the Productive Sector Consortia program under the Fostering Productive Innovation Project jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank.