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FSUOGM: Kazakhstan to work with Qatar on gasification projects

Kazakhstan is interested in teaming up with Qatar to construct pipelines to ship gas from the western part of the Central Asian country to domestic users, Meirbek Ikhsanov, the first deputy chairman of national oil company QazaqGaz, said on March 20 at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.

Ikhsanov did not say which potential projects were being discussed for cooperation, although Kazakhstan has previously mooted plans for a 600-km gas pipeline from its west, where most of its major oil and gas fields are located, to the north. This pipeline would run from the western city of Aktobe to Kostanay in the north. Currently only 28% of rural settlements in the Kostanay region have access to pipeline gas. A feasibility study is underway on the project. Its potential capacity has not been disclosed.

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