September 22, 2008

Kazakh Leader Urges Expanding Caspian Pipeline Consortium

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax

Aktobe, 22 September: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev asks his Russian counterpart, Dmitriy Medvedev, to instruct the governments [of both countries] to solve the issue of expanding the Caspian pipeline consortium (CPC).

"I would like to ask you that we instruct the governments to completely solve the issue of expanding the CPC," Nazarbayev told the Russian president during his final speech at a forum of [the heads of] the two countries' border regions.

Nazarbayev said that "it is very important that Kazakh oil goes precisely through Russia".

"We expect an increase in [oil] production next year. It will increase by 12m t in one year. Kashagan's oil will gush out in large amounts in 2012-13 and we should make preparations. [Oil will be piped] not only via the CPC, but also through the Atyrau-Samara (pipeline) and towards the Baltics. I think, it is beneficial for all of us and we should resolve this issue," Nazarbayev said.

Originally published by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1352 22 Sep 08.

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