30 Sep 2009 10:33

Uzbekistan halts gas supplies to Tajikistan over debts

DUSHANBE. Sept 30 (Interfax) - Uzbekistan has halted supplies of natural gas to Tajikistan because of debts exceeding $18 million, Tajidtransgaz said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The company Uztransgaz has fully stopped gas supplies to Tajikistan's gas distribution networks," it said.

"The main reason for the suspension of gas supplies is Tajiktransgaz's debt amounting at the present time to more than $18 million," it said.

Tajiktransgaz explains its debt by arrears in payments within the country, which primarily means major enterprises' debts for already supplied gas.

Tajikistan produced 10.8 million cubic meters and imported 168 million cubic meters of gas from Uzbekistan in January-August 2009. The country imports natural gas solely from Uzbekistan.