October 9, 2008

Kazakhstan Sees No Need to Build Additional Gas Pipelines

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax

Almaty, 9 October: Kazakhstan sees no need to construct additional gas pipelines in the conditions of limited resources in the country, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Lyazzat Kiinov has said.

"We have limited resources (of gas - Interfax-Kazakhstan). We have already signed a contract with Russia on the volume we are planning to deliver. It is still early for Kazakhstan to hold talks on constructing a gas pipeline," he said at a conference as part of KIOGE-2008 [Kazakhstan International Oil and Gas Exhibition] in Almaty today.

The existing system in Kazakhstan - "Central Asia - Centre" - should be fully operating, he added.

As you see, "we have no additional gas volumes to move to another system," the deputy minister said.

Originally published by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0502 9 Oct 08.

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