Sargent & Lundy

Balkhash Units 1 and 2

1320-MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in progress for Kazakhstan

Southwestern coast of Balkhash Lake, Kazakhstan
Supercritical /Local Coal / 2×660 MW
Client: Joint Venture of Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd.

  • Boiler – Dongfang
  • Steam turbine generator – Siemens

The new two-unit 1320-MW supercritical coal-fired Balkhash Thermal Power Project is being built in Kazakhstan on the southwestern coast of Balkhash Lake, and will burn local coal. The current commercial operating date for Unit 1 is in mid‑2019 with Unit 2 to follow in late 2019. The station is expected to satisfy about 9% of Kazakhstan’s electricity needs. To facilitate development of this IPP, the Korean and Kazakh governments signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in mid-2011 to finalize the legal framework for co‑establishing the plant. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2012, with the Presidents of South Korea and Kazakhstan participating via satellite feed.

Sargent & Lundy was selected to perform the basic engineering for the project. This build-own-operate project is being undertaken by a consortium of KEPCO, Samsung C&T, and Samruk Energy, a power generation company owned by the Kazakh government. A joint venture between Samsung Engineering and Samsung C&T is serving as the EPC contractor and KEPCO will operate the plant.

Sargent & Lundy’s primary tasks and deliverables:

  • Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Single-line diagrams
  • Control descriptions
  • Systems descriptions
  • Technical specifications
  • Selected studies

During a previous stage of the project, Sargent & Lundy provided conceptual engineering to support permitting and limited detailed design for early foundations. In this subsequent stage of the project, Sargent & Lundy is providing basic engineering services. Separately, Sargent & Lundy teams are working with Samsung C&T to engineer multiple other power projects.

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James Malone

Director of Business Development




Jim brings 36 years of knowledge to the Power Generation Industry including comprehensive consulting, design engineering, product understanding and analysis for projects worldwide.