September 4, 2008

Astana Supports Multi-Vector Energy Routes – Premier

ASTANA. Sept 4 (Interfax) - The government of Kazakhstan adheres to the diversity of energy export routes, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov told the Third Eurasian Energy Forum, KazEnergy, in Astana on Thursday.

"Kazakhstan will carry on the strategy of diversification of energy routes. The country will adhere to the multi-vector [energy routes] and put the emphasis on their security," he said.

"We will be guided exclusively with economic expediency and pragmatism in the choice of a particular route," Masimov said.

"The same as before, our country will take part in all of the large Eurasian transport projects, among them the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, the Kazakhstan-China project, the Burgas-Alexandroupolis project, and the Pre-Caspian Pipeline," he said.

Kazakhstan will build up the security of its oil refineries and generating infrastructure.

The growth of secure energy supplies is a priority of all countries. Thus, the Kazakh government will intensify the modernization and strengthening of the national oil refineries and generating facilities," he said.

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