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Kazakhstan reaffirms energy cooperation with Azerbaijan

By M. Alkhazashvili
Translated by Davit Kipiani
Monday, June 23
Kazakhstan is committed to cooperating with Azerbaijan on energy issues, Kazakh Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in Baku last week.

“Inarguably, the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan [BTC] project will play an important role in economic development of our countries and in their integration to the world energy space,” Kazakhstan Today quoted him as saying.

Earlier this year, Kazakhstani authorities said they are planning to increase the capacity of Kurik port from which oil mined at Kazakhstan’s Kashagan and Tengiz fields will be delivered by tankers to Baku.

In May, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law a bill ratifying a treaty on transporting Kazakh oil through the BTC.

The BTC pipeline, which went online in 2005, transports Central Asian oil to Turkey.