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Kazakhstan to resume oil exports to China soon

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The Yan'an Oil Refinery in west China's Shaanxi province.

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev said the country plans to resume oil exports to China through KazTransOil pipelines in the near future.
“There is no export to China yet.  It was stopped. We plan to restore it in the coming days,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a weekly cabinet meeting on 4 February.
On 16 January, KazTransOil said oil from Aktobemunaigaz, a Kazakh company, which was sold in 1997 to the Chinese giant CNPC, had exceeded organochlorine compounds. As a result, the Kazakh Energy Ministry decided to stop the supply of oil for export to China, as well as adjust the supply of raw materials to the two largest oil refineries in the republic – Shymkent and Pavlodar.
As a result, Kazakh oil exports to China are replaced by Russian transit resources. According to Kazakh energy minister, the special commission continues to investigate the causes of oil pollution, and the ministry does not yet have preliminary volumes of contaminated oil.

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