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Kazakhstan Struggles to Find Enough Crude Oil to Pipe to Europe

  • Oil producers can get better returns on other export routes
  • Shipments via Russia will rely on Moscow’s continued goodwill
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Kazakhstan is struggling to find enough crude oil to meet requests from European countries for deliveries through Russia’s Druzhba pipeline system that would allow them to reduce their dealings with Moscow.

Germany is supposed to take delivery of a total of 40,000 tons of piped Kazakh oil this quarter, according to KazTransOil, the state oil pipeline operator. That’s down by almost 90% from what was originally planned.