Kazakhstan Imported 500 Million Cubic Meters of Russian Gas in First Quarter 2024

In the first quarter of 2024 Kazakhstan took delivery of 500 million cubic meters of Russian gas, according to a report by the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, who said that the import of blue fuel from Russia is under a contract between state energy companies JSC QazaqGaz and PJSC Gazprom.

According to the agreement between the companies, fuel imports are made only when necessitated by the gas demand of the domestic Kazakh market against the background of peak consumption in winter — and exclusively at the request of the Kazakh side.

According to QazaqGaz, the wholesale cost of Kazakh gas is more than 60% higher than the retail price in the country. At the end of last year, the national company incurred $392 million in losses from the sale of natural gas on the domestic market. Experts say that the possibility of gas shortages in the country depends on the growth rate of domestic consumption and stability of commercial fuel supplies from domestic natural gas producers. If there is a shortage, it can be covered by imports assured by the national company.

However, in order to prevent shortages of gas in the medium and long term, QazaqGaz has increased its commercial gas reserves, started to develop new fields, and undertaken construction of new — and refurbishment of existing — gas processing and gas transportation facilities.

Earlier, Boris Martsinkevich, an energy expert and editor-in-chief of the Russian publication Geoenergetika, described Kazakhstan as a gas-dependent country. In his opinion, 2024 will be a milestone year for Kazakhstan. This is the year when Kazakhstan’s fields will not be able to meet the needs of the domestic market. Martsinkevich’s statements were made against the backdrop of a sharp decline in gas exports and an increase in gas imports.


Times of Central Asia