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ASTANA, Sept 14 Kazakhstan's government and
energy companies developing the Karachaganak gas condensate
field are still in talks about the Central Asian nation's
financial claim against the consortium, Kazakhstan's deputy
energy minister said on Wednesday.
"The ball is in their court, we have sent them some
questions and are awaiting answers," Magzum Mirzagaliev told
reporters, adding the negotiations were "constructive" and
declining to disclose the exact sum of the claim.
"I have no timeline (for the dispute's resolution)," he
Russia's Lukoil said in April Kazakhstan had filed
a $1.6 billion claim against the Karachaganak consortium led by
BG Group and Eni.
The energy ministry, meanwhile, has said the dispute was
about calculations of the parties' shares in the field's output.
Eni and BG, recently acquired by Royal Dutch Shell Plc
, each own 29.25 percent of the Karachaganak project in
northwest Kazakhstan, which they jointly operate. State-owned
KazMunayGaz owns 10 percent, Chevron Corp 18 percent and
Lukoil 13.5 percent.
Karachaganak produced 78.8 million barrels of liquid
hydrocarbons in the first half of 2016, up 11.3 percent from the
same period a year earlier.
The field contains 1.2 billion tonnes of oil and gas
condensate and more than 1.35 trillion cubic metres of gas,
making it one of the world's largest oil and gas deposits.
(Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov;
Editing by Katya Golubkova and Mark Potter)