KazTransGas considering options to supply southern Kazakhstan with gas from western regions

August 24. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

KazTransGas considering options to supply southern Kazakhstan with gas from western regionsTo overcome a possible shortage of gas in southern Kazakhstan during the forthcoming heating season, the gas will be supplied from Kazakhstan-China pipeline, JSC KazTransGas Aimak says in a press release.

“In order to ensure stability of gas supply to the households in the coming autumn-winter period, JSC KazTransGas Aimak is planning to fill the underground storage facilities with Uzbek gas this year: 175 million cubic meters at Poltoratskoye storage facility and 80 million cubic meters at Akyrtobe storage facility. Up to now, the underground tanks have been filled with 137 million cubic meters,” the press release says.

The southern regions of Kazakhstan are supplied with Uzbek gas through the Bukhara-Tashkent-Bishkek-Almaty gas pipeline.

“The consumption of gas in Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan is growing every year and, as a result, the volume of gas supply from Uzbekistan is falling,” the release reads.

“In order to enhance energy security of the republic and ensure reliable supply of gas to the southern regions, KazTransGas group of companies is considering options to deliver gas from the western regions of Kazakhstan. This winter any possible shortages of gas will be compensated for by the gas from Kazakhstan-China pipeline,” says the press release.

According to KazTransGas Aimak, the West Kazakhstan, Aktobe and Kostanai Regions regularly receive gas in required volumes.

“In 2011 the Kostanai Region is expected to consume 950 million cubic meters, West Kazakhstan Region 800 million cubic meters, Kyzylorda Region (south) 250 million cubic meters, Aktobe Region (west) 1,044 million cubic meters, Mangistau Region (west) 2 billion cubic meters,” the press release says.