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Kazakhstan: Disagreements Over KTG’s Reform: The Growing Political Role of Gas Pipelines

At the end of April, KTG’s press service dismissed Kazakh media speculation about the transfer of KTG assets from KMG and the establishment of an independent new company called KazakhGas. In mid-April, mainstream media outlets had cited anonymous sources in KMG and KTG that KTG and its affiliate companies would be merged into a new entity under the leadership of Kairat Sharipbayev, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, and the chairman of KTG’s board, while at least 2,000 KTG employees would be laid off. These reports indicated these changes would be confirmed after 1 May.

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