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Kazakhstan's transit capacity does not allow to multiply gas supplies to KR

Transit capacity of Kazakhstan does not allow for a multiple increase in gas supplies from Russia to Kyrgyzstan. Acting Deputy Director General for Economy and Finance of Gazprom Kyrgyzstan company, Arzymat Aldayarov, announced at a press conference.

According to him, the capital’s Heating and Power Plant (HPP) is technically ready to switch to gas. It still uses it to light coal. Negotiations with an outside supplier over an increase in gas purchases are underway.

«Previously, gas was supplied to Kyrgyzstan from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Since the middle of last year, it has been coming from Russia by transit through Kazakhstan. The transit capacity of the neighboring country does not allow us to multiply the volume of gas supply to the Kyrgyz Republic. Therefore, now, we will provide as much gas as we can for the HPP. Negotiations are underway, contracts are being prepared to increase the volume of gas supply to the HPP,» Arzymat Aldayarov said.

Earlier, Energy Minister Taalaibek Ibraev announced plans to increase imports of Russian gas. This is necessary because the energy sector specialists are planning to switch Bishkek’s HPP to gas.