Kazakhstan reports on oil exports

May 29, 2001 02:00 AM

Kazakhstan's State Statistics Agency announced on May 21 that a total of 7.845 mm tons of crude oil and gas condensate worth $ 1.073 bn had been exported from the country in the first quarter of 2001. In the same period of last year, by contrast, about 6.592 mm tons of oil and condensate worth about $ 894.16 mm were exported. The agency did not provide a breakdown of oil export figures.
At present, most of the oil exported from Kazakhstan passes through Russia. Astana and Moscow signed an agreement last December stating that a total of 17.3 mm tons of Kazakhstani oil would pass through Russian territory on its way to market in the year 2001. That agreement provides for 10.8 mm tons of oil to be sent to customers outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and 5 mm tons to be sent to various CIS member-states. The remaining 1.5 mm tons will go to Russia under a swap arrangement.

Most of the oil will pass through the Soviet-built Atyrau-Orsk-Samara pipeline; the Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft will send 1.9 mm tons of Kazakhstani crude from Samara to Odessa, in Ukraine, and another 600,000 tons from Samara to Germany via the Druzhba pipeline systems. Meanwhile, 2.3 mm tons will go across the Caspian Sea from Atyrau to Makhachkala by tanker and then by pipeline from Makhachkala to Novorossiisk. Kazakhstan will also begin loading oil into the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) conduit from Tengiz to Novorossiisk this summer.
Earlier this year, the Russian government said that Astana might soon sign a long-term agreement on oil exports via Russian territory. If such an agreement is signed, officials in Moscow said, Kazakhstan will be able to use all of the routes mentioned above to send its oil to market. Once Kazakhstani oil enters the Russian pipeline system, they added, it can be loaded into the Druzhba-Adria network and pumped to the Adriatic Sea or directed into the Baltic Pipeline System (BPS) and pumped to the Baltic Sea.

Source: NewsBase
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