Transit of Russian gas to Uzbekistan via Kazakhstan launched
As part of his working visit to Russia, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took part in a ceremony to launch the transit of Russian natural gas through Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan via the Central Asia-Center gas pipeline. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the solemn event as well. President Tokayev emphasized that this is a historic event that takes the strategic cooperation and interaction in the energy sector of Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan to a new level. The project also plays a big role in strengthening regional stability and energy security in Central Asia. It bears noting that in general, more than 20,000 kilometers of main gas pipelines with an annual throughput capacity of 255 billion cubic meters run across Kazakhstan.
“The project meets the interests of all parties involved. Kazakhstan has completed the preparation of the trunk gas pipeline on its territory on time and in full. The project will ensure diversification of Russian gas export supplies, contribute to the expansion and modernization of Kazakhstan’s gas transportation infrastructure and meet Uzbekistan’s growing natural gas demand for up to three billion cubic meters per year. It will also give a powerful impetus to the industrial development of our countries, improving the business climate and raising citizens’ living standards,” said the Kazakh President.
During a teleconference, Kazakh Minister of Energy Almassadam Satkaliyev reported from the Makat compressor station in the Atyrau region on the readiness of the Kazakh part of the Central Asia-Center gas pipeline.
“The QazaqGaz national company began accepting Russian gas into its gas transportation system for transit to Uzbekistan. At the initial stage, a volume of nearly 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas has been determined; this gas will be used to ensure the stable operation of the energy complex of Uzbekistan, which is especially important during the heating season and maintaining the required level of loads in the unified energy system of the Central Asian countries. In order to carry out this transit, a huge amount of work was done related to the repair of trunk pipelines in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia. Besides, compressor stations were modernized, and a new measuring station was built. This set of measures made it possible to ensure transit,” shared Satkaliyev.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev meets with Russian President Putin
After attending the ceremony, the Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia held bilateral talks and discussed the state and prospects for further strengthening of strategic partnership between the two countries. President Tokayev noted that Kazakh-Russian relations are developing in a successful and multifaceted way. For his part, Vladimir Putin underlined the high level of bilateral ties and the need to further bolster them.