Saving the Caspian Sea will cost billions


About 40 billion tenge will be needed to combat the shallowing of the Caspian Sea, according to preliminary calculations. The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development* announced  LS  details.

The department announced the forecast of Kazhydromet, according to which until 2030 sea level will continue to decline at a rate of 23 cm per year.

Due to the fact that the ports of Aktau and Kuryk began to experience an acute problem with the depths in the water area and the approach channel, urgent dredging is required to ensure the safety of navigation.

“According to preliminary calculations, the cost of dredging will be 40.4 billion tenge. Clarification will be required after the development of project documentation. The project implementation period is planned for 2023-2025. Today, the source and mechanism of financing are being determined,” the ministry noted.

According to the department, the current depth of the port water area is on average 4.9 m, with the standard level of shipping being 6.11 m. This allows ships to be loaded at only 75%. After dredging, the vessels will be fully loaded. This will increase cargo turnover through Kazakh ports by 25-30%.

Earlier, President  Kassym-Jomart Tokayev  ordered  the development of maritime infrastructure.

*MIID was reorganized into the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Industry and Construction.