Subsoil users to supply oil to refinery without mediators in Kazakhstan
Astana, Kazakhstan, March 11
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan plans to introduce regulations excluding intermediaries from the process of oil supply from subsoil users to refinery, Kazakh Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Erbolat Dossaev said at the government meeting held on March 11.
While presenting a comprehensive plan to combat the shadow economy in the country in 2014-2015, he said that a rule providing the exclusion of intermediaries from the process of oil supply to the refinery by subsoil user is planned and a similar rule will also be valid for a mini-refinery.
The Kazakh government intends to approve the list of documents confirming the legality of the origin of oil that enters a refinery, according to Dossayev.
"In parallel, new rules and requirements to control accounting in refineries, as well as oil bases and gas stations will be approved. Also, it planned to introduce new regulations on the production of petroleum products, in compliance with the national standards," the minister said.
Dossaev noted that such innovations are necessary to deal with irregularities in the sale of petroleum and petroleum products both in domestic and foreign markets.
"Oil theft happens to conceal of real incomes," he said.
Petroleum products are stolen from various oil installations, temporary storage, and suspended wells located in fields, according to the minister.
"As a rule, access to them is provided by the employees of oil companies," Dossaev said.
The second method of theft of petroleum products is tapping into pipelines, according to the minister.
"Illegally obtained oil is involved in legal circulation through a company established for this purpose, i.e. by documentary transfer of illegally obtained oil from agent to the mediator using false documents to purchase oil from subsoil users. Later it is transferred to processing or shipped to export markets," the minister said.
The problem of oil export under the guise of different kinds of petroleum products remains unresolved up to this date, according to the minister.
"These operations are carried out in order to evade payment of the export duties and rent tax", - he said.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.