The liquid gas production in Kazakhstan is going to be increased by 300,000 tons and reach 3.5 million tons by 2025 in total, according to Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev’s report to the government.
As the official noted, the number of investments for this sector is going to reach $1.2 billion by 2025. In addition, the country is going to raise natural gas production by 1.5 billion cubic meters.
However, to achieve that goal and increase the liquid gas production, three additional projects must be implemented first, Mirzagaliyev said.
“First of all, this is a small gas treatment plant in Aktau with a capacity of 60,000 tons of product per year. The plant will cost $3.4 million and will be put into operation at the end of the next year. The second project is a new gas processing plant in Zhanaozen with a capacity of 900 million cubic meters of gas per year. The construction of the plant which costs $341 million must be completed in 2023,” he said.
Once the plant in Zhanaozen is ready to work it will produce 760 million cubical meters of natural gas, 232,000 tons of liquid gas and 82,000 tons of pentane-hexane fraction.
With regard to the third project, Mirzagaliyev reported that the construction of another gas treatment plant has begun this year. This plant is located at Kashagan oil field and has a capacity of one billion cubic meters of gas. It costs $883 million and must be finished in 2023 as well.
“The plant will produce about 800 million cubical meters of natural gas, 119,000 tons of liquid gas, 35,000 tons of condensate and 212,000 tons of sulfur,” he explained.
This year the liquid gas production is expected at the level of 3.2 million tons or a 100% increase over the last year.
In terms of consumption, the domestic car market accounts for more than 60% of liquid gas produced in the country. The number of cars that were adapted to gas fuel has risen 2.2 times since 2019 and reached 310,000 vehicles.
In early November the Ministry of Energy reported the deficit of liquid gas on the domestic market in Kazakhstan. The shortage of the product is estimated at about 25,000 tons per month.