BISHKEK, August 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s natural gas monopoly Gazprom will sell gas to consumers in Kyrgyzstan starting from October at 165 U.S. dollars for 1,000 cubic metres, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Sunday.
“During a recent meeting with Gazprom head Aleksei Miller we discussed the situation with gas supply to the republic for nearly two hours,” he said at a ceremony on the occasion of the country’s State Independence Day. “As a result, we reached a number of strategically important agreements,” he added.
In particular, Atambayev said, the natural gas price for consumers in the northern regions of Kyrgyzstan will be reduced from 224 dollars to 165 dollars for 1,000 cubic metres from October 1. “That is, the price will be reduced almost 1.5 times,” the president said. According to him, the issue of natural gas provision to the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan is currently being considered, as after Gazprom purchased the controlling stake in Kyrgyzgaz natural gas company of Kyrgyzstan several months ago, Uzbekistan stopped gas supply to the south of Kyrgyzstan without explaining the reasons.
“In this connection we agreed with Miller to begin the construction of a gas pipeline from the country’s northern part to the southern,” Atambayev said. “The Russian company will allocate 45 billion roubles for this,” he added.
The gas pipeline construction is planned to be launched next spring. Gazprom will spend another 20 billion roubles on the development of fields in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions of Kyrgyzstan. According to experts, gas reserves of the fields may reach 2.5 billion cubic metres.