Uzbekistan: No agreement on gas price with Gazprom
Russian Gazprom delegation failed to reach an agreement with the Uzbek part on mutually beneficial prices for the Uzbek gas export and the Turkmen gas transit for 2008. The negotiation took place in Tashkent yesterday.
It is worthy to note that the Russian part releases no comment on the negotiation process outcomes. Gazprom official web site posted a brief note limited to the visit of Alexey Miller and his meeting with the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and the Minister of Finance of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov.
“The Gazprom delegation chaired by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and authorized representatives of the Uzbekistan government failed to reach an agreement on mutually beneficial prices for the Uzbek gas export and the Turkmen gas transit as the result of the negotiation,” the Uzbek official mass media reported on Friday against dead silence of Moscow.
The rise in gas prices in Turkmenistan prompted the Uzbek part intention to pursue international prices for gas as well. Uzbekneftegaz offered Gazprom to hold price-hike negotiations in November. The present gas price for Gazprom makes up $100 per 1,000 cm.
The price set for gas by Turkmenistan is still unknown. However, Tajikistan will see a price increase to $180 per 1,000 cm for the Uzbek gas since January 1, 2008.