Kazakh government tells PetroKazakhstan to stop gas flaring

Apr 26, 2005 02:00 AM

Oil and gas developer PetroKazakhstan said it has reduced production at its facilities in Kazakhstan after a letter from a Ministry of Environmental Protection official asked it to stop gas flaring.
Calgary-based PetroKazakhstan is embroiled in a bitter fight with Russian oil giant LUKoil over their Turgai Petroleum joint venture. The two firms are 50:50 partners in the project in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan but have fallen out publicly in recent months.

The company said it "does not know at this time whether other oil producers have received similar instructions" to cut gas flaring.
"Based on official statistics of the government of Kazakhstan, it would appear that out of 34 oil producers only five operate without gas flaring," the company said. "Based on the same statistics, (subsidiary PetroKazakhstan Kumkol Resources) accounted for 26.3 mm cm of flared gas versus 604 mm cm for the whole industry in Kazakhstan in the first quarter of 2005."

The company said it has not received and official decision setting limits on oil and gas production at its operations to a level which would exclude gas flaring, the controlled burning of natural gas that can't be processed for sale or use because of technical or economic reasons.
PetroKazakhstan said it is currently implementing a plan for full gas utilization -- which would eliminate flaring -- by July 1, 2006 in response to legislation brought in December.

Source: CP
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