Kazakhstan may take part of Russian gas instead of the EU

The export of the Russian transnational company Gazprom, due to a reduction in the level of supplies to the EU, according to experts, in 2023 promises to drop to one hundred billion cubic meters. Part of the dropped volumes, as expected, will be able to take over Kazakhstan, if Russia and Astana can come to the appropriate agreements.

Kazakhstan may take part of Russian gas instead of the EU

The parties, as reported by the Kazakh Ministry of Energy, are still in the process of negotiations on gasification of the northern and eastern regions of the republic.

“We are still negotiating right now. As a working option, this is through Barnaul, most likely, then to the north of our territory and further branching between Pavlodar, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Semey and so on. Alternatively, it could also be used for transit, but these negotiations have not yet been completed”, TASS quotes.
According to available data, Astana estimates the capacity of the gas artery at tens of billions of gas cubes.

“If interest is expressed for some additional volumes of supply to the south, a more powerful pipe could be considered, say more than 20-30 billion cubic meters. m of gas. But these are issues of negotiations,” the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan added.

Kazakhstan is a gas-producing state – last year they intended to produce over fifty billion cubic meters of energy, five of which were going to be sent to China. However, the summer shortage of gas in the country itself violated far-reaching plans. The head of the republic, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, insisted on redirecting two billion cubic meters of export supplies to the domestic trade arena.

In October last year, preliminary negotiations with Gazprom began on the supply of the resource, and the maximum volume of which can reach the level of 10 billion cubic meters.

At the same time, the Russian Federation is redirecting flows towards the East, due to Western sanctions and counter-sanctions, significantly reducing the level of supplies to Europe. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has initiated a tripartite alliance with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to transport Russian resources to Asian territories.

Today, Gazprom is successfully supplying blue fuel to the PRC via the Power of Siberia gas artery — flows are moving from fields that are not related to deliveries to the EU.

Russia and Kazakhstan are members of the EAEU. By 2025, they plan to come to the formation of a single gas market.