Kazakhstan Energy Monthly surveys the oil, gas, coal and electricity industries of Kazakhstan, with sections on Companies, Exploration, Production, Transportation, Refining, Trade, Consumption, Electricity, Engineering and Politics. It has 12 pages.

Kazakhstan is likely to become a major world oil producer in future years as oil output is planned to grow from 67.4 mn t in 2006 to 200-250 mn t/yr by 2020. Much of the increase will come from the Caspian Sea where giant new fields have been discovered and where up to 100 blocks are to be offered to investors for exploration and development.

Kazakhstan is set to become a significant gas producer as output from the major Karachaganak field is expanded and new fields are discovered. Kazakhstan also produces coking coal at Karaganda and has a major brown coal field at Ekibastuz. There is a rapidly-growing uranium mining sector with fuel exported to nuclear stations in Russia and the Ukraine.

Oil is exported to the West from the CIS ports of Odessa, Ventspils and Novorossiisk, and a pipeline is under construction to China. Kazakhstan could ship 20 mn t/yr across the Caspian for export through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and the swap arrangement with Iran is due to be expanded.

Kazakhstan has excellent opportunities for Western investors, and it will play a growing role on the world oil market.

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