Natural gas found in Azov Sea

Sep 28, 1998 02:00 AM

A natural gas deposit discovered this week off the Azov Sea shore would be able to provide for most of the gas needs of eastern Crimea in Ukraine.
The Northern Kazantip deposit was found 20 km (12 miles) off the east coast of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and is expected to yield some 700 mm cm (24.7 bn cf) of natural gas a year, covering about 73 % of the region's needs, said Mykola Ilnytsky, chief of the state-run Chornomornaftogaz company.
Ilnytsky said that 3 other offshore areas may also prove to have gas deposits. If these expectations come through, the 4 deposits might yield up to 1.5 bn cm (52.9 bn cubic feet) of natural gas a year, thus fully covering Crimea's needs, he said.
The discovery also has some political significance. Ilnytsky said the new deposits would "serve as an additional argument in the fight for Ukrainian interests" as Kiev negotiates with Moscow over the legal status of the Azov Sea and sea borders.

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