Kazakhstan to expand Atyrau-Kenkiyak-Kumkol oil pipeline

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – The Caspian Pipeline Consortium has redirected more than 500,000 tons of oil through alternative routes, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov has informed, Kazinform correspondent reports.

“Since the location of the damage in the maritime terminal of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, all possible measures to restore the capacity have been taken together with the Russian side and the other project participants. While repairing the damage, measures to redirect the oil through alternative routes were taken, with the total amount of oil being redirected in total to 561,000 tons in April 2022,” Alikhan Smailov informed in his response to the request.

The Prime Minister promised to prevent such incidents in the future after the investigation into the cause of the damage was completed.

According to the Prime Minister, a package of measures aimed at increasing the oil exported through existing routes has been developed. For example, 11 million tons of oil are transported through the Atyrau-Samara pipeline given its capacity of 17 million tons per year. In addition, the project to expand the Atyrau-Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline from 6 million to 12 million tons per year with the possibility of exporting oil to China through the Kazakhstan-China pipeline, through which 11, 5 million tons of oil are transported given its capacity of 20 million tons per year, is envisaged.

Transportation of oil through the seaports of Aktau and Kuryk to the port of Baku, then to Batumi by rail or the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

It is planned to increase the fleet of railway tankers for transporting base oil from 1.5 to 3.5 thousand for shipping from Tengizchevroil and further in transit through Russia to the port of Batumi, as well as d other Black Sea and Baltic Sea ports.

“There are no problems regarding oil exports. The main route is directed to China through the main Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline,” the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan said.

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