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Uzbekistan seeks $300 mln loan from Russia's Gazprombank for gas complex
Central Asia | business | 11:56, 23 February 2019 | 687

AKIPRESS.COM - Uzbekistan is seeking a $300 million loan from Russia’s Gazprombank as it wants to increase output at its state-run Shurtan gas and chemical complex, the president’s office said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

The complex, which produces polyethylene, is operated by Uzbekistan’s state oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz, a strategic partner of Russian state gas company Gazprom which is a major shareholder in Gazprombank.

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent a request to officials at the energy and finance ministries to seek a $300 million loan from the Russian bank, according to a statement on Mirziyoyev’s website.

Gazprom has been operating energy projects in Uzbekistan since 2002.

Gazprombank, Russia’s third biggest lender by assets, said in a statement that it aimed for further development of mutually beneficial relations with Uzbekistan in various areas including energy and was considering the $300 million loan as part of cooperation with Uzbekneftegaz.

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