Kazakhstan sets tariff for Russian oil transit through Atasu-Alashankou pipeline
Astana. August 17. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The tariff for Russian oil transit through the Atasu-Alashankou pipeline across Kazakhstan will make 1,673.89 tenge (149.22 tenge /$1), exclusive of VAT, per ton per 1,000 km, Kazakhstan-China Pipeline Company (operator of the pipeline) told Interfax-Kazakhstan.
The tariff has been set by the State Agency for Natural Monopoly Regulation (ANMR) and will become valid on September 1.
Kazakhstan-China Pipeline Company said Russian oil companies were likely to start oil supplies to China on September 1, once the new tariff would become effective.
According to the company, the Oil and Gas Ministry of Kazakhstan has set a monthly quota of 250,000 tons for Russian oil transportation to China. The quota will probably remain in place until next year.
The company’s representative said the tariff for transporting Kazakhstani oil through the same pipeline was 3,818 tenge per ton per 1,000 km. He explained the tariff difference by the “different calculation methods used” and the need to “make the project attractive for foreign suppliers.”
As reported, Russian oil companies have earlier said they would like to use the Atasu-Alashankou pipeline to transport oil to China, but are facing the problem of getting space in export schedules. Russia also wants maximum loads for its ports, particularly Kozmino, in exchange for increased oil supplies to China.
Kazakhstan-China Pipeline Company JSC is the operator of the Atasu-Alashankou pipeline. The company was established on a parity basis by Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil JSC and China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation.