Lukoil & KazMunaiGaz Sign Agreements for Caspian Exploration

Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. president, Andrey Kuzyaev, and the First Vice-President of KazMunaiGaz Timur Kulibayev have signed two option agreements for hydrocarbon exploration and production in Kazakhstan and Russian sectors of the Caspian Sea.

Signing of the agreements is a successive stage of implementation of the joint project in the Caspian offshore after signing the Memorandum of Understanding in February and Agreement on Cooperation Principles in June this year.

Perspective offshore areas of both countries became the basis for cooperation between the parties. KazMunaiGaz and Lukoil have exchanged the available geological data and conducted preliminary evaluation.

According to the Agreements, the Kazakhstan party guarantees a 50% participation of Lukoil in both areas of the Kazakhstan offshore, provided that the Russian party fulfills the assumed obligations. Similar guarantees have been provided by Lukoil to KazMunaiGaz with respect to the areas in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

According to the parties, the signed Agreements are important documents, which define the mechanism of the joint project implementation.