Oil and gas production of the Republic of Uzbekistan for January-March 2018
Uzbekistan increased its natural gas production by 6.4 percent up to 14.71 billion cubic meters in January-March 2018 compared to the same period last year, according to the State Statistics Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
At the same time, the republic reduced oil production by 10.3 percent to 184,900 tons in the first quarter of the year.
In the mentioned period, Uzbekistan also produced 534,500 tons of gas condensate, thus showing an increase of 19.4 percent.
The output of diesel fuel went up by 18.2 percent in the reporting period and amounted to 291,200 tons.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan also increased production of motor gasoline up to 309,900 tons in January-March 2018. This represents an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
In the first three months of this year, coal production in the country increased by 18.4 percent and reached 1 million tons.
Natural gas production in Uzbekistan amounted to 56.417 billion cubic meters in 2017. Meanwhile, the country reduced oil production by 6.3 percent to 806,000 tons in 2017.
Over the past few years, Uzbekistan has been systematically facing an acute shortage of gasoline and some other petroleum products.
In Uzbekistan in 2010-2016, gasoline production decreased by 26.2 percent, diesel fuel – by 8.3 percent, while imports of hydrocarbons increased 1.3 times.
The total capacity of the three refineries currently reaches about 10 million tons, but due to a significant reduction in the reserves of raw materials in the country’s active fields, the volumes of extraction of “black gold” and gas condensate are steadily declining.
The loading of the production capacities of the republican refineries reaches, in total, only 60 percent. To ensure their full supply from this year, the Uzbek authorities intend to import oil from Kazakhstan and Russia – up to 1 million tons in total.
On November 20, Kazakh company Kaztransoil began shipping Russian oil to Uzbekistan. Oil is pumped via the KazTransOil pipeline system en route Omsk-Pavlodar-Shymkent- Shagyr oil loading point, from where it is poured into railway tanks and then transported by rail to Uzbekistan.
In late April 2017, Uzbekistan started construction of a new refinery in Zafarobod district of the country’s Jizzakh region, which is expected to operate using the crude imported from Kazakhstan and Russia.
The refinery has design capacity of processing of five million tons of oil per year, production of 3.7 million tons of car fuel, over 700,000 tons of aviation fuel and 300,000 tons of associated oil products.