Thursday, 23 September 2010

Two explosions in Kazakhstan damage pipeline disrupting gas flow

Two explosions in western Kazakhstan have damaged a pipeline disrupting gas flow from Central Asian and Russia. Kazakhstan's Emergency Ministry released a statement, saying that the blasts prompted authorities to stop all gas supplies.

According to the country's authorities a troop of 80 firefighters responded to the explosion, attempting to extinguish fires caused by the blast.

The pipeline was originally designed to carry gas from Turkmenistan in the south, but AO Inter Gas Central Asia had reversed the flow to deliver gas from Beineu to Uzen in western Kazakhstan before the explosion.

Source: Bloomberg Business Week

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