Kazakhstan to supply extra gas to Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan will increase gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan to supply extra gas to KyrgyzstanTuesday, December 06, 2011 – Kazakhstan has agreed to supply Kyrgyzstan with an extra 10 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas, Kyrgyz acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov said on Monday.

The agreement was struck during a phone call with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov, Babanov told an energy meeting in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, regional media outlets reported.

The supplementary volume of natural gas will provide the Kyrgyz population with an uninterrupted supply through the high energy demand in winter months, he noted.

The acting premier also instructed Kyrgyz authorities to negotiate with Kazakh coal producers for an increase in supplies for the Bishkek coal thermal power station.

But Babanov warned that scheduled repair and maintenance work on energy infrastructure will result in temporary blackouts in light or gas supplies. The public should be informed of outages via the mass media, the news agency Kabar.kg reported the official as saying.

Kazakhstan had earlier reduced the amount of gas it sold to Kyrgyzstan, resulting in power outages to 30 business enterprises in the capital city, according to the KyrTAG.kg news agency.

In September, Kyrgyzstan struck a deal with Kazakhstan to purchase 250 million cubic meters of gas for $196 per 1,000 cubic meters, Kabar said.

The Kyrgyz government is currently paying Uzbekistan $305 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas consumed in its southern regions.