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Ekibastuz(ĕkēbästo͝os`), city (1990 pop. 134,627), N Kazakhstan. It is the industrial center of a bituminous coal-mining basin, which has coal reserves estimated at 8 billion tons. Although coal mining began in the late 19th cent., the city became industrialized only in the 1950s, when the railroad reached it. The coal is burned to provide electricity.
a city under oblast jurisdiction in Pavlodar Oblast, Kazakh SSR. Railroad station on the Tselinograd-Pavlodar line, 132 km southwest of Pavlodar. Population, 55,000 (1977). Coal is mined in the vicinity of Ekibastuz. The city has a plant for the production of reinforced-concrete products and a machinery and repair plant for the repair of mining and transport equipment. It also has a meat combine, a milk plant, and a brewery. Among the educational institutions are the general technical department of the Pavlodar Industrial Institute, a mining technicum, and a pedagogical school.