(bne) – Angry protestors gather every day in the main square in the Kazakh town of Zhanaozen in a rare display of popular dissent. Many of them used to work at Uzen, one of Kazakhstan’s largest oilfields, but were fired in August in an attempt to stop a four-month strike at the facility.
(SRI) – Caspi Meruerty Operating Company B.V. (CMOC) has named Aslan Shapabayev the venture’s director general, the Trend news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the press office of Kazakh oil company KazMunaiTeniz.
(SRI) – KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP), the London-traded Kazakh oil company, continues to suffer production losses amid prolonged strikes at two of its major oil fields.
(SRI) – Russian oil and gas companies have begun to expand into Kazakhstan in late 1990s, as they started to implement strategic plans to grow production capacity beyond Russia’s borders.
(bne) – China Investment Corporation’s acquisition of a stake in KazMunaiGas Exploration Production and the opening of a pipeline linking oil-rich western Kazakhstan to the Chinese border meant it was inevitable that China’s grasp of Kazakh natural resources would be the hot topic at this year’s Kazakhstan International Oil and Gas Exhibition (Kioge) conference.
(bne) – Kazakh authorities have brought criminal charges and tax claims against oil companies owned by the oppositional Moldovan oligarch Anatol Stati, in what appears to be a case of authoritarian rulers in the former Soviet bloc learning to cover each other’s backs.
(AP) — China National Petroleum Corp. is in talks with Kazakhstan’s state energy company on acquiring a 49 percent stake in the Central Asian country’s fourth-largest oil producer, a KazMunaiGaz spokesman said Monday.
(bne) – After more than a year of often-tense negotiations, the Kazakh government is due to finalise an agreement with the consortium developing the enormous Kashagan oilfield in September.
Gas pipeline gigantism
(Asia Times) – Ground was broken in Kazakhstan last week for construction of that country’s segment of a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China, set to be the longest and most expensive such pipeline in the world.
Central Asian natural gas pipeline off after blast
(AP – Forbes) – Part of a pipeline carrying natural gas from energy-rich Central Asia to Russia has been shut down after being damaged by an explosion.
Jupiter Energy secures $50m loan (The West Australian)
BG names new head of its Kazakhstan operations
(SRI) – Peter Dranfield has been named the president of BG Kazakhstan, the oil grouped announced.
A new oil bully in the Caspian?
(TOL – BusinessWeek) – Kazakhstan, with an output potential of 1.5 million barrels a day, shows signs of rivaling Russia in strut and swagger.
Kazakhstan in talks to buy Turkmen gas (iStockAnalyst)
Imperial Energy receives takeover approach amid ONGC report (Economic Times)
Caspian Energy Inc.: Aransay #711 post-salt spud (marketwire)