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PetroKazakhstan Inc has paid Lukoil Overseas Kumkol B.V. $438 million in compensation for its preemptive rights to purchase shares in Turgai Petroleum, Lukoil said in a statement, Interfax-Kazakhstan reported on August 24.
A Kazakhstani factory will begin producing aircraft in 2012, Lenta.ru reported August 23, citing the Transport Ministry's website. The factory is scheduled to produce 50 Fermer-2 and Fermer-500 aircraft in 2012. They are meant for agricultural use. Some might be exported.
KazMunaiGas Exploration Production, owned by Kazakhstan’s second-largest oil and gas producer KazMunaiGas, has posted more than double the profit in the second quarter of this year than it posted in the same period in 2009, Dow Jones financial news agency reported on August 23.
The foreign operators of Kazakhstan’s Karachaganak field are reportedly close to reaching a settlement that will allow the Kazakh government to get its hands on a long-coveted 10% stake in the project, tradingmarkets.com reported on August 24.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday, August 23, appointed Nurtai Abykayev as the new head of the National Security Committee. He will replace Adil Shayakmetov.
The chairman of Kazakhstan's Military Court has been hospitalized following a drive-by shooting in Almaty, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported on August 24.
Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) will invest up to $4.6 billion by 2014 to boost the capacity of the link between Kazakhstan's Tengiz oilfield with the Russian port of Novorossiisk, the CPC head said on August 24.
PetroKazakhstan pays Lukoil $438 mln in settlement over Turgai Petroleum
Moscow. August 24. Interfax – PetroKazakhstan Inc has paid Lukoil Overseas Kumkol B.V. $438 million in compensation for its preemptive rights to purchase shares in Turgai Petroleum, Lukoil said in a statement.
Lukoil Overseas Kumkol B.V. and PetroKazakhstan, in which Chinese CNPC owns 67% of shares, signed an amicable agreement on the dispute over Turgai Petroleum on August 16.
Under the agreement, the ownership structure of Turgai Petroleum remains unchanged: PetroKazakhstan Inc. and Lukoil Overseas Kumkol B.V will continue to jointly own Turgai Petroleum in equal shares.
"PetroKazakhstan shall pay to Lukoil the settlement amount of approximately $438 million as partial compensation for damages," the statement says.
The dispute between Lukoil Overseas Kumkol B.V. and PetroKazakhstan arose in 2005 over Lukoil's pre-emption right to acquire 50% stake in Turgai Petroleum. On 28th October, 2009 the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce issued the Final Award that entitled Lukoil to acquire 50% of TP from PKI and compensation by way of damages and accrued interest to such damages.
Separately CNPC Exploration and Development Company Limited (second shareholder of PetroKazakhstan) and KMG EP entered into an agreement on principles on 28 July 2010, which provided that the payment of compensation to Lukoil will be financed by PetroKazakhstan. It was also agreed that CNPC Exploration will hold harmless KMG EP in respect of any liability in relation to such loan and any loss relating to such liabilities, including loss of interest or dividends, will be reimbursed by CNPC Exploration to KMG EP.
CNPC agreed that KMG EP would increase its presence in the management of PKI group of companies, which will allow improving involvement of KMG EP in the day to day operations of PKI group.
Under the Amicable agreement the final settlement is subject to certain conditions to be fulfilled by PKI and Lukoil as well as Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Judicial District of Calgary in Canada approval of the consent orders. Expected time for the final settlement is 25 of August after which KMG EP will provide further details of the Agreement.
KMG EP is among the top three Kazakh oil and gas producers. The overall production in 2009 was 11.5 million tons (an average of 232,000 bpd) of crude oil, including the Company's share in Kazgermunai and CCEL. The total volume of proved and probable reserves, as at the end of 2009 was 234 million tons (1.7 billion barrels), excluding the relevant proportion of reserves at Kazgermunai, CCEL and PKI; including the share of reserves from Kazgermunai, CCEL and PKI the 2P reserves were about 2.2 billion barrels.
The Company's shares are listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange and the GDRs are listed on The London Stock Exchange. The Company raised over $2bn in its IPO in September 2006.
PetroKazakhstan is involved in exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons as well as sales of oil and oil products. PetroKazakhstan also has stakes in 16 oil fields, 11 of which are at different stages of development. In 2009 it produced 6.3 million tons (134,000 bpd, including the share in TP). The second shareholder of PetroKazakhstan is CNPC Exploration and Development Company Ltd. (CNPC E&D) which owns 67% of the company.
Turgai Petroleum owns licenses to explore and produce hydrocarbons from the Kumkol North and East Kumkol oil fields. In 2009 TP produced 3 million tons (an average of 68,000 bpd). As of March 31, 2009 the total volume of TP's proved and probable reserves was 104.4 million barrels (KMG EP's acquired interest is 17.2 million barrels).
Kazakhstani aircraft manufacturing to begin in 2012
By Stan Rogers
KARAGANDA OBLAST, Kazakhstan -- A Kazakhstani factory will begin producing aircraft in 2012, Lenta.ru reported August 23, citing the Transport Ministry's website.
The factory is scheduled to produce 50 Fermer-2 and Fermer-500 aircraft in 2012. They are meant for agricultural use. Some might be exported.
Construction of the factory began August 22 and is expected to end in 2011.
KazMunaiGas Exploration doubles second-quarter profit
KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP), owned by Kazakhstan’s second-largest oil and gas producer KazMunaiGas, has posted more than double the profit in the second quarter of this year than it posted in the same period in 2009, Dow Jones financial news agency reported on Monday.
“With improved crude prices, the company has increased the level of investments in its core fields and aims to deliver a sustainable production level from existing assets,” said KazMunaiGas Chief Executive Kenzhebek Ibrashev in a statement reported by Dow Jones.
As a result of an increase in oil prices, revenue shot up by 22 percent.
The company posted a net profit of $328.7 million in the second quarter up from $141 million in second quarter 2009. Profits were boosted by high oil sales and the acquiring of a 33 percent stake in Canadian company PetroKazakhstan from its parent company KazMunaiGas. In July, KMG EP reported that its oil production increased by 11 percent in the first half of 2010, also on account of its partnered holding of PetroKazakhstan.
KMG EP is listed on the London and Kazakhstan stock exchanges.
Kazakhstan close to Karachaganak stake
Posted on: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:46:32 EDT
ASTANA, Aug 23, 2010 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) --
The foreign operators of Kazakhstan?Aos Karachaganak field are reportedly close to reaching a settlement that will allow the Kazakh government to get its hands on a long-coveted 10% stake in the project.
A July government decision to reintroduce crude export duties of $20 a ton, which would also apply to consortia operating under production-sharing agreements (PSAs) featuring immunity-from- tax-change clauses, has put pressure on the shareholders of the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating Co. (KPO) ?Ai Italy?Aos ENI, British Gas, US major Chevron and Russia?Aos LUKoil - to hand a stake in the project to the state. In 2009, production at the field averaged 231,000 barrels a day of liquids and 25 million cubic meters a day of natural gas.
If a deal is reached, it could spell the end of an ongoing dispute between the consortium and the government over the country?Aos second-largest energy project. Kazakhstan has tried for a long time to get a stake in Karachaganak unhappy that a Kazakh company is not currently involved in the field and KazMunaiGas has criticized the consortium?Aos handling of operations. BG owns 32.5% of KPO, and ENI has a similar stake. Chevron has 20%, while LUKoil has 15%.
Kazakhstan has accused the ENI- and BG-led group of project delays, violating immigration laws and overstating costs by $1.3 billion as it seeks a stake in the giant oil and gas field in the country?Aos west. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave assurances on a visit to the US in April that existing agreements with oil majors would not be revised. But a series of events recently have impacted on oil and gas companies operating in Kazakhstan and strained their relations with the government. There are also problems at TengizChevrOil. Kazakhstan?Aos financial police said on 17 July - four days after the government?Aos announcement on export duties - that it had launched criminal proceedings against the consortium. The financial police claims that TengizChevrOil over-produced oil at the field, resulting in illegal earnings of $1.4 billion.
Historically, the Kazakh government has encouraged international oil companies to operate in the country, which has allowed the exploitation of technically difficult fields such as Tengiz but recent events resemble the situation in Russia where the state has reclaimed control over strategic energy assets
from foreign companies.
Nazarbayev appoints new head of National Security Committee
ASTANA, August 23 (Itar-Tass) -- Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday, August 23, appointed Nurtai Abykayev as the new head of the National Security Committee.
He will replace Adil Shayakmetov.
“Nurtai Abykayevich has lived up to expectations in all the positions to which he was appointed by the president. The head of state expresses confidence that he will also live up to his expectations in this office and fulfil all the tasks that have been set for the National Security Committee,” presidential chief of staff Aslan Musin said.
Major-General Nurtai Abykayev is 63 years old; he headed the National Security Committee in 1998-1999, then worked as first deputy foreign minister and chairman of the upper house of parliament – the Senate. In 2007-2008, Abykayev was Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Russia. In the past two years he was first deputy foreign minister.
Kazakh Official Injured In Drive-By Shooting
August 24, 2010
ALMATY -- The chairman of Kazakhstan's Military Court has been hospitalized following a drive-by shooting in Almaty, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
Police said today an unknown assailant in a Mitsubishi automobile opened fire on Serik Baibatyrov as he was walking in the street on August 23. Baibatyrov was hospitalized with chest wounds. His condition is reported as stable.
Almaty police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek told RFE/RL that Baibatyrov's former son-in-law, Ruslan Edresov, 39, was the main suspect in the case. His current whereabouts are unknown.
According to investigators, the two men have been at odds for some time. No more details were available.
Baibatyrov, 62, a professional lawyer, has served as Military Court chairman since March 2007.
CPC pipeline to invest $4.6 bln to boost link capacity
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:28am GMT
MOSCOW Aug 24 (Reuters) - Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) will invest up to $4.6 billion by 2014 to boost the capacity of the link between Kazakhstan's Tengiz oilfield with the Russian port of Novorossiisk, the CPC head said on Tuesday.
Aleksander Tarakanov also told reporters that the consortium will likely borrow around $1 billion in 2012-2013.
"I believe that we won't go beyond $4.6 billion, but we will know better by the end of the year... We will try to avoid additional financing, but there could be the need (to borrow) some $1 billion in 2012-2013," he said.
CPC, a privately owned pipeline, is owned 31 percent by Russia and 20.75 percent by Kazakhstan. The rest is shared among private companies united in a consortium led by Chevron (CVX.N: Quote) and includes two joint ventures.
In 2008, Russia, Kazakhstan and private shareholders agreed on the main principles of expanding the pipeline to allow it to ship 67 million tonnes of oil a year by 2014 compared with 34.57 million tonnes in 2009.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Lidia Kelly)