October 8, 2008

Kazakhstan, Iran Consider Exchanging Oil, Gas Assets – Official

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax

Almaty, 8 October: Kazakhstan and Iran are considering exchanging oil and gas assets.

"We asked them (Iran). They said that they would offer us (oil and gas assets in the country). They said that they wanted to get a similar offer from us," Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Lyazzat Kiinov told journalists on the sidelines of the oil and gas conference KIOGE-2008 in Almaty today.

At the same time, he noted that the issue of the construction of an oil pipeline between the countries was not being considered.

As was reported, yesterday the head of the national company KazMunayGaz, Kairgeldy Kabyldin, said that the company was looking at prospects for the implementation of a number of projects abroad, and, he said, "there is an offer from Iran with regard to the shelf of the Persian Gulf".

Originally published by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0642 8 Oct 08.

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