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Russian gas may be supplied to northern Kazakhstan

Oil&Gas Materials 30 November 2019 13:46
Russian gas may be supplied to northern Kazakhstan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy is looking into supplying country’s north regions with gas from Ishim city in Russia’s Tyumen Oblast, Kazakh Vice Minister of Energy Murat Zhurebekov said, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.

“The issues of supplying gas to north regions via connecting to gas transporting system of Russia were being discussed with Russia for some time now, even before the launch of the Saryarka pipeline construction,” Zhurebekov said.

He noted that the second and third stage of Saryarka pipeline creation oversees construction of a pipeline from Nur-Sultan to Kokshetau city and then to Petropavl city.

“Now we want to hold negotiations with our Russian colleagues on the topic of supplying gas from Ishim city to Petropavl and to Kokshetau,” vice minister said.

At the same time, he said, in order to do so the cost of the pipeline, cost of gas should be assessed and only after that the ministry will chose the best option to supply gas to north regions.

“Also if we construct the pipeline from Ishim then we’ll loop the Saryarka pipeline in Nur-Sultan. This’ll be the safest option since Nur Sultan will be supplied with gas and will have two sources of gas. We are working on this,” Zhurebekov said.

As noted earlier currently Kazakhstan is looking into two options of supplying gas to north regions of the country. First: via Saryarka pipeline, second: from Tyumen Oblast.

The project for construction of a Saryarka pipeline begins in country’s Kyzylorda region, moves through Zheskazgan, Karaganda, Temiratau cities and reaches the capital, Nur-Sultan. The main pipeline is 1,061 kilometers long and its welding is 10 percent finished as of now. Is it planned to be commissioned in December of this year.

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