Kusto Group’s clean technology plant in Pavlodar is an environmental success

Kanat Kopbayev

Kusto Board Member

Kusto Group’s clean technology plant in Pavlodar is an environmental success

Today, every entrepreneur launching a new venture must ask themselves a simple question: What benefit – environmental, social or otherwise – will this commercial opportunity bring to the community it serves?

Our new KazCenosphere plant, which was officially opened last week, provides a clear answer.

The state-of-the-art facility in Pavlodar is a model of sustainability in action. The plant extracts aluminosilicate microspheres from the fly ash waste of coal-fired power plants and recycles them to generate new products. Microspheres have a wide variety of uses in manufacturing, including as a differing composite material component to reduce product weight, increase wear resistance and strength, and improve heat conductivity.

By using waste by-products of the local power plant in Aksu, we are helping to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a more rational use of resources. And crucially, at the same time, we’re creating skilled jobs for the community and high-quality, environmentally products for the export market. It’s a win-win.

KazCenosphere, a joint project between Kusto Group and GRANULA LLC, will be able to process up to 21,000 tons of feedstock concentrate with a yield of up to 12,000 tons of finished high-quality products, ready to be exported to Europe, North America, and other regions of the world. Additionally, the project will enable the nearby power plant to purify the water used in production, enabling it to return to the natural supply.

KazCenosphere is of course a commercial project. But it’s one that forms an important part of the wider region’s environmental strategy by helping reduce pollution. For Kusto Group, it represents the latest step forward in our vision to turn Kazakhstan into a global, agricultural powerhouse rooted in sustainable principles.

I was pleased to attend the opening of the factory alongside our German and Polish business partners, Karsten Meerwink of CAMEX GmbH and Jacik Pedric of Zumi, as well as representatives of the Akimat region. The project was launched in 2018, but has since had to contend with the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. Successfully bringing together international experts and importing high-end equipment from Russia, Slovenia, and Germany was no small task.

The completion of the plant’s construction in less than a year has only been possible thanks to the support of the local administration and personal participation of Saken Beimbetovich Shayakhmetov, Deputy Akim of Pavlodar Region.

KazCenosphere adheres to the core values of Kusto Group by delivering innovative, high-tech projects that support their local communities and are environmentally sustainable. Now, I look forward to the project’s future success and long-term impact.