Long-term growth in Central Asian gas supplies to Russia not expected
Kazakhstan, Astana, April 26 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/
The long-term revitalization of Central Asian gas supplies to Russia is not expected, Russian and Caspian Energy IHS CERA Director Vitaly Yermakov said.
"According to the forecast of IHS, the gas demand in Russia will grow slowly. There are sufficient natural gas produced domestically on the domestic Russian market, so the demand for gas from Central Asia are small," Yermakov said at a conference "Energy in Russia and the Caspian Sea' in Astana on Thursday.
According to IHS, gas supplies from Uzbekistan to Russia will drop to 10 billion cubic meters a year by 2035 from 70 billion cubic meters in 2010, to 10 million cubic meters from Turkmenistan by 2035 compared to 60 billion in 2010 and about up to seven billion in 2035 from Kazakhstan compared to 18 billion in 2010.
Yermakov noted that today, each Central Asian country has its own incentives to export gas to Russia. Thus, Kazakhstan uses Russian infrastructure of processing. Turkmenistan, in practice, is playing the role of closing the gas supplier, as exports in volume, determined
by the needs of Gazprom. However, later, with the introduction of a gas pipeline to China, Turkmenistan will be less dependent on Russia.