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Russia and Kazakhstan push for hydrocarbon expansion with projects in Caspian

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Russia and Kazakhstan push for hydrocarbon expansion with projects in Caspian

Nurs-Sultan, October 4 - Neftegaz.RU. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev revealed that Russia’s oil giant Lukoil would help Central Asia’s largest country develop oil fields located in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Caspian Sea, Caspian news reported.

The statement was made during the 17th Interregional Cooperation Forum of Kazakhstan and Russia held online on Thursday.
President Tokayev said:
  • We start developing the large Kalamkas-Sea and Khazar fields
  • The strategic partner from the Russian side has been identified - this is Lukoil
  • The total project cost will be about $5 billion
Kalamkas-Sea is an offshore field discovered in 2002 and located in the northeastern part of the Caspian Sea, near the giant Kashagan field - one of the world’s largest discoveries of the past 4 decades.

In 2013, North Caspian Operating Company N.V. (NCOC) - Kashagan’s operator - announced a commercial discovery at Kalamkas-Sea.
Geological reserves at the oil field were reportedly estimated at about 150 million tons of oil and 15 billion m3 of gas.

However, in 2019, NCOC, including energy giants such as Eni, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, CNPC, Inpex, and KazMunayGas, all pulled out of the Kalamkas-Sea project.

Discovered in 2007, Khazar is also located next to the Kashagan field.
Meanwhile, the Kazakh president believes it is also vital to facilitate the development of 2 gas fields, Khvalynskoye and Imashevskoye.
Both are major joint projects with Russia.
President Tokayev said, referring to Russia’s energy giant:
  • It is important to solve the commercial issues with Gazprom as soon as possible
The 2 post-Soviet countries have maintained strong partnerships in the energy sector through already existing close economic, technological, and transportation initiatives.
The project in Kazakhstan will not be a 1st for Lukoil, which has been involved there since 1995.

Together with Rosneft, the company has been responsible for exploring the Tengiz field, which ranks as the world’s deepest supergiant oil field.
In addition, Lukoil is responsible for exploring the Karachaganak (13.5 %) and Zhenis block (50 %).
Reportedly, Lukoil is planning to invest about $350 million in exploration at the Zhenis block over 7-9 years.

Earlier this year, Lukoil signed a SPA agreement with KazMunayGas to acquire a 49.99 % stake in the charter capital of Al-Farabi Operating, a JV to develop an offshore block located in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Caspian Sea.
According to Lukoil’s data, recoverable resources at the Al-Farabi block are estimated at 15.1 million tons.

Lukoil is also a member of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, through which the crude oil is transported.

Author: Vusala Abbasova

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