Kassymbek: Digitising construction, housing will reduce CO2 emissions and heating costs

50,000 heat metering devices have been installed in  the country’s houses. An additional 62,000 units are scheduled to be connected.
Kassymbek: Digitising construction, housing will reduce CO2 emissions and heating costs
10 December 10:45 2018 Print This Article

Implementing smart heat metering devices in houses across the country, a project associated with Kazakhstan’s digitisation, will reduce citizens’ expenses, said Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek.

To date, approximately 50,000 heat metering devices have been installed in 45 percent of the country’s houses. An additional 62,000 units are scheduled to be connected.

According to ministry data, installing heat-metering devices without an automatic heat supply station reduces costs for a 60-square metre, two-room apartment by 36 percent, or 2,720 tenge (US$7.34). The savings can reach 32.5 billion tenge (US$87.67 million) per year nationwide.

“For the full-scale installation of heat metering devices and automatic heat points, we are preparing the documents on attracting investments and funds from banks,” said Kassymbek.

In addition, the e-Shanyraq unified information system for housing funds and housing and public utilities has also been created in pilot mode. Residents are able to verify correct billing based on metering devices’ data and tariffs.

“We plan to connect the system to more than 2,000 technical passports of residential buildings and more than 4,000 metering devices. Full connection is expected by 2022,” he added.

Plans are underway to introduce new technologies to improve heat supply. In conjunction with Astana-Teplotranzit, German company Merus started a pilot project Nov. 30 to apply anti-corrosion technologies to a 24-kilometre steel pipe in the capital. Using similar technologies in Almaty developed by Japanese company Mitsui is also under consideration.

“Due to the anti-corrosion technologies’ implementation, it is possible to reduce the upgrading costs of 100 kilometres of heat network from 16 billion tenge (US$43.16 million) to 2.4 billion tenge (US$6.47 million) on average and extend its life cycle to 30 years,” said Kassymbek.

Housing and public utility energy consumption is expected to reduce by 17 percent due to the up-to-9-percent decrease in heat networks’ losses, a 52.7 billion tenge (US$142.17 million) reduction per year. The savings by primary resources can reduce CO2 emissions to 5.8 million tonnes annually.

Regarding digitising the construction industry, Kassymbek noted documents are being transferred from paper to electronic format. A united digital portal has been created and will be tested in pilot mode at construction sites in the capital. The contracting organisation and technical and designer supervision departments, the main participants in the process, have access to the specified portal and all interested governmental agencies can also connect to the system.

“The portal covers all stages of construction – from the excavation to the construction’s completion. All works will not only end with acts (finishing documents), but also be stored in photo and video formats,”  said Kassymbek.

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