Big Sky Energy Suspends Operations in Kazakhstan Due to Severe Cold

Big Sky Energy says that due to severe cold weather, with temperatures in excess of -45 degrees C and winds up to 70 kph, it has temporarily suspended its seismic, well work-over, and drilling operations in its Atyrau, Karatal, and Morskoe blocks. In addition, the Company has temporarily stopped oil production at its Morskoe oil battery until this cold weather abates.

"According to Atyrau Hydrological Centre, this is the coldest weather on record for this region of the Caspian since 1972, and most area schools, universities and some government offices have closed down," stated Mr. Al Sehsuvaroglu, the Company's President and CEO. "While operations in the field are suspended, we are proceeding with our plans to mobilize rigs to continue our drilling activities, along with ramping up production once the weather situation improves."