The problem had grown to the extent that Kazakhstan had to buy 150,000 tonnes of diesel fuel from Russia.
On October 29, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev had a serious conversation with Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliev. The leader of the Republic expressed dissatisfaction with the situation on the domestic fuel market and harshly criticized the negligence of the departments that had allowed an unexpected decrease in reserves of fuels and lubricants, the press office of the President of Kazakhstan reported.
Mirzagaliyev reported on an immediate response to the gaps in fuel supply to the population and organisations. In particular, he reported that the reconstruction of the Atyrau refinery that would take some time had been postponed until next year.
He also informed that negotiations with the energy department of Russia had been held, which resulted in the supply of 150,000 tonnes of diesel fuel from the neighbouring state to Kazakhstan. The Minister assured that the situation was stabilising.
Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev emphasised that Kazakhstan had sufficient resources to fully meet the domestic market demand for high-quality oil products and ensure uninterrupted electricity supplies. The President instructed that the Minister take all the necessary measures to fill the gap as soon as possible.