China Energy Ventures Invites Tenders for Kazakhstan Work

China Energy Ventures' subsidiary, Vector Energy West LLP, has invited Public Tenders for the drilling of an 10 well program for the Company's Atyrau and Liman-2 blocks, located on the north shore of the Caspian Sea in western Kazakhstan.

These 10 wells are designed to exploit post-salt Jurassic structures at a depth of less than 1,200m. Structures have been identified through well log analysis and reprocessing of existing seismic data. Drilling of these wells is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2005, subject to the receipt of relevant government approvals.

"We will start our exploitation of the Atyrau and Liman-2 blocks by drilling the lower-risk, shallow, post-salt prospects," stated Mr. Matthew Heysel, Chairman & CEO of the Company. "The expected early cash flow will be applied to building a sustainable operation in anticipation of a test of deeper, more prolific pre-salt structures planned for late 2005."

Big Sky Energy Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration company, looking to explore in the world's most prolific basins in order to become a leading low-cost finder of hydrocarbons. Big Sky is currently operating in Kazakhstan's pre-Caspian basin, and has amassed over 15, of licenses in the past year, which it is currently exploiting.