Kazakh Deputy Minister of Energy dismissed for fuel crisis

Kazakh Deputy Minister of Energy dismissed for fuel crisis

Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev fired Deputy Minister of Energy Aset Magauov and Deputy Chairman of the KazMunayGaz national company Daniyar Berlibyaev over a recent fuel crisis in Kazakhstan.

During the government meeting, Sagintayev requested the country's Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev to explain the circumstances surrounding the most demanded RON 92 fuel deficit that present in Kazakhstani gas stations since September.

Bozumbayev and Chairman of the KazMunayGaz Sauat Mynbayev cited suspension of two refineries of Kazakhstan in the fall for repairs and fuel price hikes in Russia as the reasons for fuel shortage in Kazakhstan. However, Sagintayev said that the arguments of the Energy Ministry are unacceptable, AKIpress reported.

The Kazakh Prime Minister said the actions of the Energy Ministry employees are regarded as "evasion from their direct official duties," and said will recommend the President to reprimand Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev, and fired Deputy Energy Minister Aset Magauov.