Kazakhstan wants to boost Atyrau-Samara capacity

Mar 30, 2007 02:00 AM

Kazakhstan is offering to increase the transit of oil along the Atyrau-Samara pipeline to 20-25 mm tpy.
"Kazakhstan suggests discussing this issue in the very near future," a source in the Russian delegation visiting Kazakhstan, led by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, has told.

Russia backs the proposal; however, Kazakhstan is proposing to expand the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) pipeline simultaneously, the source said.
"If this is expanded, all the oil will go through the [Turkish straits of] Bosporus and Dardanelles, and they are overloaded as it is," the source said. The source said that was why Russia wanted to discuss the possible expansion of the CPC pipeline system in the context of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project [which will go from Bulgarian port of Burgas to Alexandroupolis bypassing the Turkish straits].

At the same time, the source said that in accordance with a protocol on amendments to the 2002 bilateral agreement on oil transit, which Fradkovsigned, fixed volumes apply to specific routes for the transit of Kazakh oil across Russian territory, and these are entered into the fuel balance of the two countries for five years.
The source said the protocol applies to the Atyrau- Samara pipeline and that the fixed transit volume in this case was 15 mm tpy.

Source / BBC Monitoring Central Asia
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