Kentau (Kazakh: Кентау / Kentaw, Russian: Кентау), is a town in South Kazakhstan Region of Kazakhstan. It is located at the foot of the Karatau mountains 30 km northeast of the city of Turkestan. Kentau was formed in August 1955. In Soviet times, the population of the city was mainly from Russia, the descendants of the repressed: Greeks, Russians, Germans, Koreans, Jews, Chechens, etc., as well as Uzbeks, and majority of population comprising an ethnic Kazakhs. Major mining ore operations are supported by excavator and transformer plants. The late 1980s or early 1990s saw massive emigration of population and the closures of mines and industrial enterprises. Today, the population is approximately 80 thousand, mostly Kazakhs. Population: 57,121 (2009 Census results); 55,521 (1999 Census results).