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Kazakh energy officials fired over gasoline shortages

October 12/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev fired two senior energy officials on Tuesday after the Central Asias biggest oil exporter reported fuel shortages on the domestic market, prompting long queues at petrol stations, said Reuters.

The former Soviet republic operates three large refineries, but still imports almost a third of its fuel from neighboring Russia. One of the three refineries halted gasoline production on Sept. 21 for maintenance and upgrade work.

The government has sought to negotiate higher Russian supplies to compensate for that. But many petrol stations in Almaty, the biggest Kazakh city, have halted or limited sales this month citing lack of fuel, while others have raised prices.

At a government meeting on Tuesday, Sagintayev sacked Deputy Energy Minister Aset Magauov and deputy chief executive of state energy firm KazMunayGaz, Daniyar Berlibayev, blaming the ministry and the company for failing to ensure stable supplies.

The government has said upgrades should allow the countrys three refineries to fully supply the domestic market next year.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, Crude oil, Kazakhstan.
Category:General News
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