Kazakhstan considers production limit to protect Caspian shelf

Nov 18, 2003 01:00 AM

Kazakhstan's ecological problems could worsen with intensive hydrocarbon production in the Caspian Sea, the country's environment minister, Aitkul Samakova, cautioned.
Kazakhstan plans to be extracting up to 150 mm tpy of oil from its part of the Caspian shelf by 2015.

Samakova noted that the republic has not yet closely defined what would be an acceptable production limit without harming the environment, nor has it determined any off-limits areas. Such steps are included in the government's plan for developing the shelf passed this May, she said.
Early this month, Teheran hosted four of the five littoral states (excluding Turkmenistan) for the signing of a convention setting mechanisms for preventing, reducing and controlling pollution, preserving and replenishing the Caspian ecosystem.

Source: Interfax
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