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Atyrau oil refinery in Kazakhstan halted due to power outage

(Reuters) - The Atyrau oil refinery in western Kazakhstan was completely halted on Monday due to power outage, a refinery official told Reuters.

The outage caused an emergency halt at the refinery and power is yet to be restored, the official said.

Separately, Kazakh news website Zakon.kz reported that an emergency outage occurred at the Mangystau plant which also supplies power to the country's largest oilfields such as Tengiz and Kashagan.

The Atyrau city's power distribution company said Tengiz and Kashagan had switched to autonomous power sources after the outage.

Kazakhstan's energy ministry said in a statement the Central Asian nation had sufficient gasoline stocks and the Atyrau plant's outage, which coincided with maintenance works at two other Kazakh refineries, would not lead to a fuel shortage.

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