September 5, 2008

Kazakh Oil Being Supplied in Normal Mode Via Georgia – Premier

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS

Almaty, 5 September: Kazakh oil is being supplied "in a normal mode" via the territory of Georgia. "During the conflict we decided to suspend oil transportation, but the situation has now stabilized and the work is being carried out in a normal mode," [Kazakh Prime Minister] Karim Masimov said during an Internet-conference organized by the RosBiznesKonsalting [Russian Business Consulting] information agency's press service today.

He recalled that "Kazakhstan always advocated multi-vector transportation of energy resources from the territory of the country". At the same time, "our president (Nursultan Nazarbayev) has said on more than one occastion that we will transport as much oil and gas through Russian territory as the Russian pipeline system can digest", Masimov said.

"We are doing this through the Transneft's traditional route, and we are using the Caspian pipeline consortium. At the same time, we are using the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan [oil pipeline] and are transporting oil in the direction of China as well," he said.

The Kazakh government said that the country had exported up to 1m t of crude oil via the Georgian Batumi port in one year. This flow was redirected for Kazakh domestic consumption during the Georgian- South Ossetian conflict.

Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1423 5 Sep 08.

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