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Kazatomprom will use Japanese technologies to automate industrial safety of energy facilities

12 January
Kazatomprom will use Japanese technologies to automate industrial safety of energy facilities

On January 12, 2024, National Atomic Company Kazatomprom JSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Furukawa Electric Power Systems Co. and Sumitomo Corporation Power & Mobility Co. to implement a pilot project for a test launch of equipment/technology at production facilities, which will automate the prevention of snow formation and frost deposits on overhead power lines.

As a pilot project, Furukawa Electric Power Systems Co. considers installing prototypes of equipment on Uranenergo’s high-voltage line in the Turkestan region. The new equipment will ensure the prevention of ice and frost deposits on overhead power lines, preventing the formation of ice, thereby minimizing the risk of outages.

Uranenergo LLP is a subsidiary of Kazatomprom, which transmits and distributes power, operates electrical networks and substations of all uranium-mining enterprises in the southern regions, and provides electricity to the villages of Taukent and Kyzemshek.

Uranenergo LLP and representatives of Sumitomo Corporation Power & Mobility Co. and Furukawa Electric Power Systems Co. discussed details of potential cooperation, as well as the conditions for launching a pilot project to protect power lines from icing using Japanese technology at a meeting on November 23, 2023.

Based on the results of testing the new equipment, which will last until 2025, the nuclear holding’s power engineers will evaluate the technology in real conditions. If the pilot project is successfully implemented, Kazatomprom will consider further implementation of the technology/equipment for commercial operation in order to ensure stable energy supply to facilities.

Uninterrupted power supply is extremely important for supplying production and other facilities of a nuclear holding. High humidity, winds, and sudden changes in air temperature in winter contribute to the formation of ice and wet snow on wires, poles and other elements of overhead power lines. Ice and frost deposits pose a danger to the normal operation of electrical networks and often lead to damage to poles and breaks in power line wires. Accidents on power lines can cause significant economic damage, paralyze the consumers’ power supply system, and require significant efforts to restore it.

Previously, Uranenergo LLP implemented AISKGN METEOR ice loads monitoring system on 110 kV overhead lines L-111 and L-112, which made it possible providing early warning of an ice-hazardous situation at mining enterprises with a possible emergency power outage, determining  the appearance and growth of ice-frost deposits, forecasting development of ice and wind conditions on power lines, taking into account weather conditions, as well as reducing the time for complete switching of loads of mining enterprises to a backup circuit from six hours to one hour.

For more details, please contact:

Kazatomprom Public Relations and Media Inquiries

Askar Atagulin, Director, Public Relations

Tel.: +7 7172 45 80 63

Email: pr@kazatomprom.kz

Kazatomprom Investor Relations Inquiries

Botagoz Muldagaliyeva, Director, Investor Relations

Tel.: +7 7172 45 81 80 / 69

Email: ir@kazatomprom.kz

About Kazatomprom

Kazatomprom is the world's largest producer of uranium, with the Company’s attributable production representing approximately 22% of global primary uranium production in 2022. The Group benefits from the largest reserve base in the industry and operates, through its subsidiaries, JVs and Associates, 26 deposits grouped into 14 mining assets. All of the Company’s mining operations are located in Kazakhstan and extract uranium using ISR technology with a focus on maintaining industry-leading health, safety and environment standards.

Kazatomprom securities are listed on the London Stock Exchange, Astana International Exchange, and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. As the national atomic company in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Group's primary customers are operators of nuclear generation capacity, and the principal export markets for the Group's products are China, South and Eastern Asia, Europe and North America. The Group sells uranium and uranium products under long-term contracts, short-term contracts, as well as in the spot market, directly from its headquarters in Astana, Kazakhstan, and through its Switzerland-based trading subsidiary, Trade House KazakAtom AG (THK).

For more information, please see the Company website at www.kazatomprom.kz.

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