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Tuesday 24 February, 2009

JSC KazMunaiGas Exp

KMG EP announces increase in

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JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Prod
24 February 2009
 










PRESS RELEASE

KMG EP announces increase in 2P reserves


Аstana24 February 2009. JSC КаzМunaiGas Exploration Production ('КМG EP' or the 'Company'today announces results of the annual audit of oil and gas reserves and resources, as at 31 December, 2008


According to the report by the independent energy consulting firm GaffneyCline & Associates ('GCA'), Proved plus Probable (2P) reserves were 241.180 million tonnes (1,775 million barrels), excluding KMG EP's interests in Kazgermunai and CCEL (Karazhanbasmunai).  This represents a 0.5 % increase in 2P oil reserves compared to the year ended 31 December, 2007. Taking into account the amount of oil produced during 2008, the 2P reserves increased by 10.7m tonnes (78m barrels). The Reserves Replacement Ratio (the ratio of the replacement of production with reserves during the year) was 113%.  The Reserves-to-Production ratio at the end of 2008 was 25 years.


Askar Balzhanov, the CEO of the Company, said: 


'We are pleased to be able to announce such positive results for the annual reserves and resources audit.  The reserves increase shows rational exploitation of existing reserves. This has been achieved through the use of new technology and the skill and professionalism of our staff.  KMG EP has demonstrated that it is clearly capable of maintaining stable production whilst replenishing its reserves.' 


Proved Oil Reserves (1P) are 95.554 million tonnes (702.9 million barrels).  Proved, Probable and Possible (3P) reserves stand at 281.583 million tonnes (2, 071.1 million barrels)



Notes to Editors


KMG EP is the second largest oil producer in Kazakhstan with over 9 530 mmt (215 kbopd) of crude oil production in 2007 and 7 354 thousand tonnes of oil exported.  There was 240 mmt (1.8bn bbl) of proved and probable reserves at the end of 2007 (over 2 bn bbl including interests in Kazgermunai and CCEL). In 2007 KMG EP acquired 50% interest in JSC Kazgermunai and holding company CCEL (that owns 'Karazhanbasmunai'). The Company's shares are listed on the Kazakh Stock Exchange and the GDRs are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Company raised over US$2bn as a result of its IPO in September of 2006. International rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) increased the Corporate Governance Score of KMG EP from CGS 5+ to CGS 6 and confirmed its «BB+» corporate credit rating in November 2008.










The Results of Assessment of Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources as at 31 December, 2008



Reserves

at 31/12/2007

Production


Adjustments

Reserves

at 31/12/2008

1P, MMtonnes.

2P, MMtonnes.

3P, MMtonnes.

102.1 

240.0 

282.5


9.47

2,90

10.70

8.53

95 544

241 180

281 583

1P MMBbls.

2P MMBbls.

3P MMBbls.

751.6

1 767.1

2 079.2


69.7

20.94

77.74

61.47

702.9

1775.2

2071.1


For additional information please contact:

KMG EP Public Relations (+7 7172 977600, +7 7172 977908)

Mr Mikhail Dorofeyev

e-mail: 
pr@kmgep.kz

Investor Relations (+7 7172 975433)

Ms Asel Kalieva

e-mail: ir@kmgep.kz

Pelham PR (+44 203 178 44 18)

Mrs 
Elena Dobson
e-mail: 
Elena.dobson@pelhampr.com

Forward-looking statements

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