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Petrol collapse forecasted in Kazakhstan

23 september 2013, 19:22
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan may face a catastrophic petrol deficiency, Kazakhstan Fuel Association told Channel 31.

According to the organization’s representatives, agriculture and railroads are currently consuming most of the fuel. That’s why the retailers are allegedly receiving less than they are supposed to. Petrol deficiency will worsen in October, when Shymkent refinery closes for an overhaul.

A fuel supplies failure has already been registered in Astana. Last week the residents could buy petrol only on special coupons.

The experts see the way out in the government lifting the ban on petrol import from Russia, but the fuel distribution process has to be made transparent, they say.

“We see the way out in transparency, so that limited amounts of petrol and fuel are supplied to target distributors. As there are problems in the distribution itself,” a member of Kazakhstan Fuel Organization Ashim Abdrakhmetov said.

Earlier Russian experts had already forecast that Kazakhstan might face a deficit of high-quality petrol this autumn because of the delays in the launch of the processing of Kazakhstan oil in China.

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