Kazakhstan Looks For Alternative Routes For Oil Exports After Russia Suspends Key Pipeline

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for alternative oil export routes days after Russia ordered the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to suspend operations for one month.

Kazakhstan uses the CPC to export the bulk of its oil, an equivalent of about 1.2 million barrels daily to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

On July 5, a court in Primorsky district in Novorossiysk city reported that it had found that CPC had allegedly committed environmental violations and ordered suspension of its operations.

The decision came just one day after Tokayev expressed Kazakhstan’s readiness to assist the EU in stabilizing the global energy market.

On July 7, Tokayev called on his cabinet members, particularly relevant ministers, to study and work into new routes to carry Kazak oil to Europe while bypassing Russia.

Tokayev said that improving port infrastructure on the Caspian Sea was a “strategic task for Kazakhstan’s government,” according to Kazakh presidential website, where the President did not mention the Caspian Pipeline Consortium.

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