28 Dec 2023 18:05

Gazprom preparing 15-year contracts for gas shipments to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, to be signed at SPIEF 2024

MOSCOW. Dec 28 (Interfax) - Gazprom is preparing to sign medium-term gas supply contracts with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in the summer of 2024, Gazprom Chairman of the Board Alexei Miller said at the company's final pre-New Year conference call.

As reported, shipments of Russian gas through Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan began this year via the Central Asia - Center gas transportation system, which was switched into reverse mode. The two-year agreement between UzGasTrade and Gazprom Export LLC provides for an export volume of 9 mcm per day, or almost 2.8 bcm per year.

In December, the first stage of reverse capacity was fully selected.

"At the beginning of December this year, freezing temperatures also came to the Uzbek Republic. And you and I ensured gas supplies to Uzbekistan in volumes twice as high as our daily contractual obligations. And today, in the month of December, we supply gas to Uzbekistan at the maximum technologically possible mode via the Central Asia - Center gas pipeline," Miller said.

"You and I also, in a very short time, began implementing the second stage of increasing the gas transmission capacity in the Central Asia - Center corridor. The task is again set for an ultra-short period - by November 1, 2025, we must begin supplying significantly larger volumes. In addition, medium-term fifteen-year contracts, which we agreed with our partners in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan will be concluded in the middle of next year at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. And on November 1, 2025, reliable, stable shipments under these contracts will begin to the Central Asian republics," he said.