The EDB considers financing the reconstruction of the Astrakhan–Mangyshlak water pipeline, the main source of water for residents of Kazakhstan’s Atyrau and Mangistau Regions

07 June 2021

St. Petersburg, 4 June 2021. The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) has confirmed its readiness to finance the reconstruction and expansion of the Astrakhan–Mangyshlak water pipeline. The agreement was signed by Amangeldy Issenov, Vice Chairman of the EDB Management Board, Daniyar Berlibayev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of KazMunayGas, and Zhaiyk Makhin, Deputy General Director of KazTransOil. Earlier, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had instructed the government to reconstruct the pipeline.

The pipeine is the only centralised source of water supply for consumers in Kurmangazy, Isatai and Zhylyoi districts of the Atyrau Region, as well as for the city of Zhanaozen, and Beineu, Mangistau, Karakiya and Tupkaragan districts of the Mangistau Region. In 2020, the pipeline delivered 28.4 million cu m of water. According to 2020 data, utilities and oil and gas producers account for 53.8% and 39.4% of water supply, respectively. Manufacturing enterprises consumed 5.5%, agricultural producers 0.7%, and households and public institutions 0.5% of the total.

“The project is in line with the Bank’s mission in all respects, so the EDB will consider using all the possible instruments we have at our disposal to support it. In terms of water availability, Kazakhstan is among the most water-stressed countries in Eurasia. The average volume of water resources in the country is estimated at 100.5 cu km per year, or 6,000 cu m per person. In Russia, for example, it is about 30,000 cu m per person. At the same time, the country is developing intensively: the population is growing, industrialisation is continuing, and the need for water is constantly rising. The reconstruction and expansion of the Astrakhan–Mangyshlak water pipeline will solve the emerging issue of water supply in Western Kazakhstan. The EDB is ready to work with other water-supply projects to promote sustainable development,” said Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the EDB Management Board.

“The KazMunayGas Group adheres to high standards of corporate social and environmental responsibility and strives to ensure that its operations comply with the principles of sustainable development. Understanding the importance of supplying water to the western regions, we have launched a project to reconstruct the Astrakhan–Mangyshlak water pipeline. This will increase its daily capacity from 110,000 to 170,000 cu m,” said Daniyar Berlibayev, Deputy Chairman of the KMG Management Board. 

Additional Information:

The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial institution promoting integration and development in its member countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, and Tajikistan. The EDB's charter capital totals US $7 billion. The Bank was established in January 2006 and is headquartered in Almaty. The EDB’s portfolio mainly consists of projects with an integration effect in the areas of transport infrastructure, digitalisation, green energy, agriculture, industry, and machinery. 

The EDB Media Centre:

Azima Sapargaliyeva +7 (777) 750 00 08 (Almaty)

Sergey Gorbachev +7 (916) 727 22 00 (Moscow)

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