Uzbekistan refutes Afghan government's claim on oil quality

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"Uzbekneftegaz" has officially commented on the news that Afghanistan returned the supplied oil to Uzbekistan due to its unsatisfactory quality, reports with reference to the press service of "Uzbekneftegaz."

According to the statement, on May 17, Uzbekistan GTL and a Turkish company (whose name is not disclosed) signed an off-take contract for the sale of synthetic diesel fuel components for export.

On June 24-26, as per the Turkish side's request, Uzbekistan GTL shipped 3.4 thousand tons (67 railcars) of the product for export from the "Kengsoy" station in the Guzar district of the Kashkadarya region.

"The synthetic diesel fuel component produced by the Uzbekistan GTL plant complies with the European standard EN 15940. Currently, this standard is not implemented in Afghanistan. During the product export process, the Turkish side was informed that synthetic diesel fuel and its components were not registered with the Afghan organization ANSA (Afghanistan National Standards Authority). In response, the Turkish company stated that they planned to import the product to the Afghan market by blending it with traditional diesel," noted "Uzbekneftegaz."

The company emphasized that the payment for the 3.4 thousand tons of high-quality product delivered to the buyer was made in full and was not returned by the Afghan government to Uzbekistan GTL.

"According to the contract terms, the Turkish company determines which country it will import the goods to and how it will be distributed," underscored "Uzbekneftegaz."
August 7, 2023.