KMG EP stops work in Iraq

Oil&Gas Materials 11 May 2011 13:58 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, May 11 / Trend A.Maratov /

The National Company KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP ) has informed the Oil and Gas Ministry of Iraq and the company Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) of its withdrawal from participation in the Akkas Field Development project negotiations in Iraq, the company reported.

In October 2010 KMG EP, together with KOGAS (the "Consortium"), won a tender for development of Iraq's Akkas gas field. The Consortium has held negotiations with the Government of Iraq with the objective of signing a contract to develop the Akkas field.
"Unfortunately, the talks have failed to resolve all issues which emerged at a late stage and it has not been possible to develop a consensus document that would fully meet the interests of all parties," the report reads.

KMG EP would like to stress that it still believes Iraq to be an attractive area for investment. The Company appreciates the work done on this project by its partners from the Government of Iraq and KOGAS and would like to thank them for their efforts and regrets that it has not been possible for KMG EP to proceed.

KMG EP is among the top three Kazakh oil and gas producers. The overall production in 2010 was 13.3mt (an average of 270kbopd) of crude oil, including the Company's share in Kazgermunai, CCEL, PKI and NBK. The total volume of proved and probable reserves, as at the end of 2010 was 232mt (1.7bn bbl), including shares in the associates - about 2.2bln barrels.