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New oilfields may be discovered in Kazakhstan

Photo: Kazpravda.kz/Adilbek Tauekelov
Kazakhstan is developing a comprehensive plan on search of new oil and gas fields. This was announced at a press conference in the Government by the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Aset Magauov, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.

"Kazakhstan has great prospects for oil and gas. Now, together with the Committee of Geology, we are preparing a complex plan for geological exploration. Currently, 60 percent of the production comes from 3 large projects. It turns out that all other fields are producing only 40 percent and are in the production falling stage. Stimulating exploration in Kyzylorda, Aktobe and other regions of Kazakhstan is our priority. We will approve the program over the next year," Magauov said.

He also emphasized that there are certain developments in the search for new deposits.

“We need to look for oil where it is already being produced. I think the program will be concentrated around well-known oil and gas regions of Kazakhstan,” Magauov concluded.

Earlier, in Turkestan region (Shokpak site) in the intermontane depression in Greater Karatau, oil ingresses were first discovered at shallow depths.

A search and survey expedition conducted a study of geophysical anomalies in the Leontief Basin of Greater Karatau to detect bauxite deposits and associated lead, zinc, and rare earth elements. For this purpose, drilling of wells up to 300 meters deep was carried out.

In 11 out of 39 drilled wells at various depth intervals, dispersed oil of various shades of brown was found. Also, during the drilling process in the drilling fluid, oil films were observed.

The indicated signs of oil at the Shokpak site - first in Kazakhstan in the mountains are important for predicting the oil and gas potential in the Syrdarya and Shu-Sarysu depressions.

Earlier, several small gas fields were discovered in the Shu-Sarysu depression, the most famous of them being the Amangeldy and Pridorozhnoye fields. Now, the Syrdarya and Shu-Sarysu depressions are becoming promising in terms of oil.

Exploration and drilling at the sites will continue.

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Zhanat Tukpiev
17:08, 6 December 2019
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