Kazakhstan and Turkmenia discuss joint projects.

Jul 30, 1999 02:00 AM

Kazakh and Turkmen delegations met to discuss Turkmen gas exports as well as joint gas deliveries to European markets among other issues. Kazakh Minister for Power Engineering, Industry and Trade said that his republic was interested in Turkmen gas.
According to Mukhtar Ablyazov, southern Kazakh regions will need yearly up to 2 bn cm of Turkmen gas to cover their demands. The minister was speaking at a first round of talks with the heads of Turkmen oil and gas concerns and corporations. The Turkmen delegation was headed by Vice-Premier Yelly Gurbanmuradov.

Under an agreement with Kirghizia, Kazakhstan may ask for an extra 1 bn cm of gas, which will go to Kirghizia, said Ablyazov. He said that Kirghiz representatives had been due to participate the talks in Askhabad. A project to use Turkmenia for transiting Kazakh oil is also of huge potential. The oil will go through the existing Pavlodar- Chimkent-Seidi oil pipeline and then will be delivered by railway to the Caspian port of Turkmenbashi.
The Turkmen delegation demonstrated a great interest in an offer to co-ordinate different variants of joint deliveries of Turkmen and Kazakh gas to European markets. That issue, according to the minister, has got its development following recent talks with Russia's Gazprom gas giant, with which Kazakhstan has " good relations". The Turkmenia-Kazakhstan talks will continue. A protocol is expected to be inked on their results.

Source: Itar-Tass via Newspage
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