cuts natural-gas shipments to Tajikistan
8, 2010, Yelena Butakova
Uzbekistan yesterday cut natural-gas shipment to Tajikistan by 30 percent -- from 480,000 cubic meters per day to 336,000 cubic
meters, Shavkat Shoimov,
deputy head of Tojiktransgaz (Tajik state natural-gas
distributor, told Asia-Plus today.
him, Tojiktransgaz is now not in debt to the Uzbek
gas-transit company, Uztransgaz, but they demand
“We do not have
funds to make prepayments now,” said Shoimov, “Funds
we have are enough for only two-or-three day gas shipments. Therefore, we
have been forced to reduce gas supplies to all categories of customers.
Gas supplies to Tajik Aluminum Company (TALCO) and Tojikcement
(Dushanbe cement plant) will be limited as well.”
The Dushanbe power and
heat station now receives 96,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day and the
issue of further operation of the Dushanbe power and heat station will be considered by the government, Shoimov added.
We will recall
that Tojiktransgaz and Uztransgaz
singed an agreement on Uzbek gas shipments to Tajikistan in 2010 in Tashkent last month and under document, Tajikistan will import 250 million cubic meters of natural gas from Uzbekistan next year. The Tojiktransgaz head Saidmamat Sharofiddinov told
Asia-Plus on December
29, 2009 that gas price will vary quarterly
depending on the world market trends. Moreover, Tajikistan will buy Uzbek gas under a take-or-pay principle. Under this
principle, importer country pays 95 percent of the state volume of natural gas
irrespective of the fact whether it receives the stated volumes completely or
not, according to Sharofiddinov. “The
conditions remain the same – we will make prepayments every ten days,” he
take-or-pay contract, which is a rule structuring negotiations between
companies and their suppliers, the company either takes the product from the
supplier or pays the supplier a penalty. For any product the company takes,
they agree to pay the supplier a certain price.
In 2009 year, Uzbekistan supplied natural gas to Tajikistan at the rate of 240 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic meters of gas.