Two coal enrichment plants will be built in Kyrgyzstan, head of the regional department “Bishkek – Alamudun” of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision, Nurlan Sharsheev said, Report informs referring to Kyrgyz media.
One plant will be built near the Kara-Kechin coal deposit, the second – in the south of the country. Their construction will take approximately two years.
He noted that approximately 1.5 million tons of coal are burned in Bishkek and its suburbs in the autumn-winter period. Many Kyrgyzstan residents consider this the main cause of smog, but UNDP studies have shown that the contribution of the capital’s thermal power plant to air pollution is only 10%.
“The plants will help reduce the amount of harmful substances in coal. Enriched coal produces more heat. When burning 1,000 tons of imported class D coal, 8.8 tons of harmful substances are released, and when burning our unenriched coal, 12.9 tons are released. This is a big difference,” said Sharsheev.