Kazakhstan’s national network of gas stations Qazaq Oil does not exclude the introduction of limits on the supply of liquefied gas to individuals in the Mangistau region due to lack of fuel.
“Despite the sharply increased demand for liquefied gas, Qazaq Oil undertakes to fully fulfill its obligations to corporate clients, selling gas using coupons and fuel cards within the established price. Due to limited supplies, it is possible to introduce limits on the supply of fuel to individuals “, – it says in a message posted on the company’s website.
The company stressed that the network of gas stations Qazaq Oil and KazMunayGas are represented in the region by 19 gas filling stations and for a long period of time have been selling liquefied gas “at the lowest prices in the Mangistau region.”
“Even after the increase in the cost of liquefied gas, which occurred in the region in early January due to external factors, the cost of fuel in the Qazaq Oil filling station network managed to be kept at 65 tenge in the city of Zhanaozen, 79 tenge in other cities of the region, without restrictions in volumes. implementation, ”the company said in a statement.
There they expect an additional supply of fuel and the resumption of supply of liquefied gas without restrictions after January 10-12 within the framework of the price corridor announced by the Ministry of Energy of 85-90 tenge per liter.
In Mangistau Oblast, including Aktau, unauthorized rallies by the authorities against the rise in prices for liquefied gas, which doubled since January 1, from 60 to 120 tenge per liter, have not stopped since January 2.
The Ministry of Energy explained the rise in prices by the fact that liquefied gas producers switched to selling fuel through electronic trading, and prices are formed by the market in accordance with supply and demand.
In Aktau, protesters were supported by refinery workers. They threatened to go on strike if the authorities did not react to demands for lower prices. Solidarity actions with residents of the Mangistau region were held in Almaty, Astana, Aktobe, Atyrau and other cities.
On January 3, the government of Kazakhstan, on behalf of the head of state, announced the creation of a commission to consider the socio-economic situation in the Mangistau region and promised to take measures to regulate prices for liquefied gas. At the same time, additional special forces and police forces were pulled into the region. In some cities began jam Mobile Internet.