Uzbekistan to boost natural gas deliveries to Tajikistan


DUSHANBE -- Uzbekistan is expected to deliver almost four times more natural gas to Tajikistan than it did last year, Asia-Plus reported.

"This year, we plan to buy up to 200 million cubic metres of natural gas from Uzbekistan," Shavkat Shoimov, deputy chief of Tajik state-run natural gas distributor Tojiktransgaz, told journalists in Dushanbe Monday (January 28).

That is compared to the almost 54 million cubic metres of natural gas Tajikistan received from Uzbekistan last year, he said.

Tojiktransgaz and Uzbekneftegaz, a state-owned Uzbek oil and gas holding company, are working out details of the new pact, according to Shoimov.

Tajikistan has rehabilitated high-pressure pipelines needed to bring Uzbek natural gas to Tajik industries. Work is under way on low-pressure pipelines that supply residential customers, said Shoimov.

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