Minister: Kazakhstan is not in talks with Kyrgyzstan on oil pipeline construction

Oil&Gas Materials 22 April 2013 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, April 22 / Trend, D. Mukhtarov /

The idea of constructing the "Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan" oil pipeline belongs to the Kyrgyz side, Oil and Gas Minister of Kazakhstan Sauat Mynbayev told journalists after a government hour in the country's Majilis on Monday.

"We have not held such negotiations. This idea was voiced by Kyrgyzstan at a meeting of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz intergovernmental commission, but nothing more than that. No real actions have been taken," Mynbayev said.

According to Mynbayev, for such a project, it is important to take into account several important issues. Who will take charge of the construction of the pipeline and at what price Kazakh oil will be supplied to Kyrgyzstan are among these issues.

"It is clear that Kyrgyzstan is interested in some indulgences on Kazakh oil prices. Unlike gas, which has regional prices, oil prices are global, wherever we supply it," Mynbayev said.

He said the Kyrgyz should take that into account, namely this point.