Kazakhstan: Government lowers utility tariffs in all regions of the country

ASTANA (TCA) — At a press conference on December 20, Vice Minister of National Economy Serik Zhumangarin said that utility tariffs for water, electricity, heat and natural gas supply will be lowered in all regions of Kazakhstan starting from January 1, 2019. This is being done following the instructions given by the Head of State at the Security Council meeting in November, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Heat supply

According to the National Economy Ministry, as of Dec. 20, 2018, heat tariffs have already been reduced in three regions: Akmola — by 36.8%; North Kazakhstan — by 1.1%; and East Kazakhstan (Semey) — by 2.8%.

In addition, from Jan. 1, 2019, it is planned to lower tariffs in the remaining 14 regions.

“From Jan. 1, 2019, we expected an increase in tariffs in all regions for all these five types of services (water supply, water disposal, power, heat and gas supply). After the work of the authorized and local executive bodies with natural monopolies, tariff increases from Jan. 1 will not only be prevented, but we expect tariff reductions,” said Zhumangarin.

Water supply

As of Dec. 20, 2018, the water tariff for the population in the Zhambyl region has been reduced by 22%.

In addition, from Jan. 1, 2019, tariffs are to decrease in the remaining 16 regions by 3%-22.7%.

Gas supply

According to the Ministry of National Economy, from Jan. 1, 2019, the forecasted price reduction will be from 3.3% to 17.5%. At the same time, gas prices in Almaty will reduce by 12%, in Shymkent and the Turkestan region — by 6%, in Zhambyl region — by 6%.

Power supply

From Jan. 1, 2019, the decline in electricity prices in all regions of the country will be by 1.7%-22.32%.

At the same time, retail prices of electric energy for legal entities in eight regions are expected to decrease by 1.7%-18%, which, according to the vice minister, will have a healthy effect on business.

In general, an expected reduction in the average check of a family of three living in a 2-room apartment of 60 square meters will be the following. In Almaty, on average, 14,483 tenge is paid a month for utilities. From Jan. 1, 2019, the total fee will average 13,128 tenge, or a decrease by 1,353 tenge. In the capital Astana, the average utility bill is 10,666 tenge per month. From Jan. 1, 2019, it will average 9,604 tenge or decrease by 1,062 tenge.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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