Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev and mayor of West Kazakhstan Altay Kulginov delivered reports.
On natural gas reserves Kazakhstan ranks the 22th in the world and 3rd in the CIS. According to K. Bozumbayev, the total gas production in Kazakhstan amounted to 45.3 billion m3, and in the last 6 months of the year the oil companies of the country produced 22.7 billion m3.
The volume of natural gas consumption amounted to 12 101.241 m3 in 2015, and in January-June of the current year - 6.42 m3.
With regard to international cooperation in this area, the volume of gas exports amounted to 12.7 billion m3 in 2015 and the first half of 2016 - 6.4 billion m3. The main importers of Kazakh gas are Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
The Prime Minister noted that, despite the positive statistics in the field there are a number of issues that require a timely response.
K. Massimov instructed the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and JSC "KazMunaiGas" to consider both questions and find the most effective solution.
The Head of State in his Address "Nurly Zhol - Path to the Future" gave a positive assessment for energy infrastructure.
In particular, the project of construction of gas pipeline Beyneu - Bozoi – Shymkent is being implemented.
In 2014, the Ministry of Energy developed and approved the General gasification scheme of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Concept of development of gas sector, which define the long-term prospects of the domestic gas industry until 2030.
By 2030, thanks to the implementation of the General Scheme:
• the gasification level will be increased from 7 to 10 million people;
• more than 1 600 settlements of the republic will be supplied with gas.