Kazakhstan intends to ship 20,000 tons of oil to Germany this January, says the minister of energy Bolat Akchulakov, QazMonitor reports citing Interfax.
The stated figure is the preliminary monthly volume planned for shipments through Druzhba pipeline. However, the minister noted that Kazakhstan is waiting for an official confirmation from the Russian party.
Previously, the Russian deputy prime minister – minister of energy Alexander Novak said that his country is ready to approve Kazakhstan's request to transport oil through the Druzhba pipeline.
National suppliers began to take interest in the matter when European actors requested supplies of crude oil from Kazakhstan planning to reduce dependence on Russian oil.
The country’s national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas is considering a trial shipment of to the Schwedt refinery in Germany. The enterprise was owned by the Russian energy corporation Rosneft until the control of the facility was transferred to the German Federal Network Agency.
In addition, national oil transporter KazTransOil has already submitted a request to Rosneft to transport 1.2 million tons of oil to Germany in 2023.