Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan discussed prospects of construction of new pipeline through Azerbaijan to Black Sea - Kulibayev
ASTANA. September 25. KAZINFORM /Arnur Rakhymbekov/ Prospects of construction of a new oil pipeline through Azerbaijan to the Black Sea are under discussion at present. Chairman of KazEnergy Association Timur Kulibayev has made it public at a press conference of the IV Eurasian Energy Summit in Astana today. Speaking on Kazakhstan's priorities in energy carriers export T. Kulibayev noted our country exported oil and gas on the basis of commercial benefit and good-neighbor relations. "We have good relations with all our neighbors, first of all, with Russia. As you know, in oil sector we are connected with Atyrau-Samara main line and Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC)", he noted. Alongside, Kulibayev pointed out the pipeline delivering oil to China and the prospects of increasing oil supply to Asian countries up to 20 mln tons. As for gas export, Russian Federation remains the main partner of Kazakhstan in this direction, T. Kulibayev said. Kazakhstan transits Central Asian gas to Europe through the territory of Russia, he added. At the same time, Chairman of Kazenergy informed of completion of a gas pipeline to China in the nearest future. Active cooperation with the Azerbaijani counterparts is established. In this context, it was noted that Kazmunaigaz owned Batumi seaport which allows using this direction for shipping Kazakhstan oil and oil products. According to T. Kulibayev, the current situation provides good conditions for developing relations with all interested countries and receive fair price for domestic energy carriers. Along with this, head of KazEnergy informed of the negotiations held yesterday with the National Oil and Gas Company of Azerbaijan following which the parties agreed on examination of additional route of transportation of the Kazakhstan oil through Azerbaijan to the Black Sea. "You know, Kazakhstan owns Rompetrol Company in Romania. Therefore we intend to increase our supplies in this direction", T. Kulibayev resumed.