On August 31, the special government commission led by First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar presented the inspection report on the situation regarding diesel fuel supply disruptions, the press office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan reported to CentralAsia.news.
The major causes of diesel fuel shortages in the country are unnecessary increases in diesel fuel consumption by foreign vehicles in transit and the leakage of petroleum products to neighbouring countries because of a two-fold difference in prices. Diesel fuel costs 230 tenge per litre in Kazakhstan and 440 tenge per litre in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation.
The inspections uncovered the fraud cases involving the oil depots that supplied petroleum products to the regional points at an inflated retail price. As a result, the local depots refused to buy expensive and unprofitable fuel, and it was not delivered to refuelling stations.
Chairman of the Board of KazMunayGas JSC M. Mirzagaliyev and Deputy Minister of Energy A. Magauov were severely reprimanded for losing control of the situation. The communication centres have been set up at most refuelling stations so that drivers could report in real time the facts of unreasonable fuel and lubricants price “gouging”.