Sergey Kondratiev, Deputy Head of the Economic Department of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to the Kommersant newspaper on Russian gas supplies to Central Asia.
Sergey Kondratiev believes that the allocation of one of the threads of the Central Asia—Center system for reverse deliveries from Russia to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will allow loading the route, which is currently used only by 30%, and increase supplies to the south of Kazakhstan and the Fergana Valley — major gas consumption centers in Central Asia. According to him, at the initial stage we can talk about the supply of up to 6-7 billion cubic meters annually. Gazprom, for its part, will be able to redirect gas to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that was previously supplied via the Soyuz gas pipeline to EU countries via Ukraine (supplies were suspended after Ukraine refused to accept gas through the Sokhranovka GIS).
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