Alexey Gromov, Principal Director on Energy Studies of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to Kommersant FM on the agreements between Russia and Kazakhstan in the field of gas supplies.
Alexey Gromov believes that Moscow is looking for options for new pipeline fuel supplies against the backdrop of significantly reduced volumes in Western markets due to sanctions:
“We have been cooperating with Kazakhstan for a long time in terms of cross-border exchange of energy resources. This applies to oil, oil products, and natural gas. In particular, we have the Orenburg Gas Processing Complex, which helps the republic purify its fuel from unnecessary impurities and make it meet the standards of the so-called dry stripped gas.
For us, the provision of discounts on supplies to Kazakhstan as part of the gasification program for its northern territories can be used as an additional factor in the formation of other agreements in the energy sector. For example, about the possibility of using the country's infrastructure to export additional volumes of Russian gas to China.”
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