Kazakhstan signs agreements on Dunga, Abay fields with Total, ENI

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin on July 4 held talks with representatives of Total and ENI on Dunga and Abay hydrocarbon projects, respectively, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

At the meeting with the management of Total, a wide range of issues of cooperation in the oil and gas sector was discussed. Particular attention was paid to increasing the Kazakh content in the North Caspian project, developing joint companies for technology transfer and organizing new industries in Kazakhstan.

Following the meeting, the signing of documents on the projects Dunga and Abay took place.

The signatories of the document on the Dunga field were the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev and the Total’s Vice President for the Caspian Sea and Southern Europe Bernard Clement, Director of joint ventures Oman Oil Exploration and Production Abdul Wahab al Bulushi, and Member of the Board of Partex Oil and Gas Fernando Alves.

According to the agreement, the term of the production sharing agreement for the Dunga field will be extended for 15 years from 2024 to 2039, which will make it possible to produce an additional 9 million tons of oil. The parties also agreed on the implementation of Phase 3 of the development of the Dunga field, under which the companies will invest about $300 million, which will increase the maximum level of oil production from the current 600 thousand to 850 thousand tons per year.

An important condition of the document is an increase in the share of Kazakhstan in the section of profitable products under the Agreement on a progressive scale from the current 40% to 60% by Jan. 1, 2025. The agreement enshrines the obligations of the companies to supply part of the extracted oil to the domestic market of Kazakhstan and finance social infrastructure projects for at least $1 million annually.

Also, a protocol of direct negotiations on the provision of subsoil use rights for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the framework of joint activities on the Kazakh side of the Abay offshore sector in the Caspian Sea was signed by the First Vice Minister of Energy Makhambet Dosmukhambetov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of KazMunayGaz national oil and gas company Kurmangazy Iskaziyev, and Executive Vice President of ENI for the Central Asian region Luca Vignati.

The project will increase investment in hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian Sea. According to the document, a contract was signed for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons at the Abay site, which provides for drilling the first exploration well 2,500 meters deep, carrying out 2D seismic exploration in the amount of 700 km and other works totaling more than 14 billion tenge.

Implementation of the agreement will lead to an increase in the economic benefits of the project for Kazakhstan, as well as the creation of an additional amount of work and services for oilfield service companies and new jobs in the region.

Sergey Kwan

TCA